It’s a lovely day, the sun is out and the birds and chirping away, your garden is in pristine condition and you go and check on the lavender that you’ve just planted. Near the beautiful plants you discover that there is a massive nest full of bees that continue to buzz around. Many people find it difficult to distinguish between bees and wasps, even though they may look very similar; the behavioural characteristics of the two are different.
Appearance wise, bees and wasps look almost identical, both are coloured with wings and dangly legs, however bees are wider creatures and also hairier.
Wasps are considered predators, and will eat fellow insects such as flies and caterpillars; wasps love beer and drinks that are high in sugar. Bees predominantly remain in areas that are heavily populated with flowers, as they sip on nectar and collect pollen.
Wasps tend to be more dangerous than bees, and are more easily provoked. Even though bees can still bit and use their poison stored in their stingers, if you try to brush wasps away, it will sting you immediately. Both species are incredibly protective of their territory, and if they sense any disturbance, they will all defend themselves together.
Honey bees are the only insects that produce food which is eaten by humans. Honey is made from the nectar that’s collected from trees and flowers, and is a food used my millions of people around the world. Bees live in hives, and can hold up to 80,000 bees at a time. Bees are mostly at home in warm conditions, and thrive in areas containing orchards, gardens and woodlands.
Bees and wasps can be dangerous, and its important to eliminate the problem.