The main difference between wasps and hornets is that wasp colonies tend to be smaller, with fewer than 100 individuals, while hornet colonies typically have many more. It is often difficult to tell the difference betwee... More »

Yellow jackets and hornets differ in where they build their nests and how they eat. Yellow jackets build nests in soil, while hornets build their nests in trees. Yellow jackets are scavengers, eating dead insects and sug... More »

The three primary types of vespid wasps are paper wasps, yellowjackets and hornets. These wasps can be differentiated from bees by their lack of body hair and their thinner bodies, but the differences between vespid wasp... More »

A variety of animals, including frogs, lizards, birds and bats, eat adult wasps or hornets. Mice, rats, weasels, badgers and raccoons also eat wasp larvae. More »

Although most wasps don't typically fly at night, hornets, which are a type of wasp, do. The European hornet, the only species of hornet found in the U.S., flies at night in calm muggy weather. More »

The three primary types of vespid wasps are paper wasps, yellowjackets and hornets. These wasps can be differentiated from bees by their lack of body hair and their thinner bodies, but the differences between vespid wasp... More »

You can identify wasps and hornets by examining the insect's size, markings and colors. Other clues to help differentiate wasps from hornets include the insects' nesting behaviors, living situations and temperaments. More »