Unlike bees, yellow jackets do not consume nectar; instead, they feed on caterpillars and beetle larvae. Yellow jackets also feed on fruits and other sweet foods.Continue Reading
Yellow jackets are more aggressive than bees and do not pollinate plants as other insects do. Yellow jackets contain less fuzz than honeybees do, and have a thin waist that sets them apart from bees in appearance.
Yellow jacket populations increase greatly during the spring and summer months as they die off when the weather begins turning cold. Some yellow jacket queens survive by hibernating in a warm location. They then build nests as the weather begins to warm up.Learn more about Stinging Insects
The main difference between "regular" honeybees, or drones, and worker bees is that a worker bee gathers nectar and produces royal jelly for the colony to eat and wax to build the honeycomb, while the drone's only job is to inseminate the colony's queen. Only a select few drones get a chance at breeding.Full Answer >
Flowering plants that provide nectar, pollen or both attract bees, according to the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab. Bees prefer a single plant type in large patches of at least 10 square feet, since this allows bees to remain in one area for a longer period of foraging.Full Answer >
Bees look for flowers that contain nectar and pollen, such as the aster, black-eyed-susan, goldenrod, sage and huckleberry. Some other flowers that attract bees are the lupine, purple coneflower, sunflower, wild buckwheat, wild-lilac and willow.Full Answer >
"Killer bees" live on pollen and nectar but harvest more pollen than European honey bees. They are hybrids between African honey bees and European honey bees.Full Answer >