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 between these hairless, thin-bodied, bee-like insects visually.
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.
Bees, wasps and hornets possess many different characteristics aside from their reputation as stinging insects. Aesthetic differences include variances in color, size and shape, while their lifestyle differences vary in terms of their lifespan and how each species plays a role in the environment.
Wasp and hornet stings require a similar treatment protocol for most people, beginning with washing with soap and warm water to get rid of excess venom. An ice pack on the area of the sting reduces pain and swelling, and keeping the area dry and clean fights infection, notes Healthline.
Bees have fuzzy bodies, but wasps and hornets are hairless. Wasps have two pairs of wings while hornets are fatter around the middle and larger compared to wasps. Bees usually die after stinging people, but wasps and hornets can sting repeatedly.
Some common types of hornets are European hornets, yellow jackets and bald faced hornets. There are more than 20 species of hornets. The majority of them are stinging insects.
Identify hornets through coloration, size and types of nests. Common types of hornets include baldfaced, European and mud daubers. Baldfaced hornets are predominantly black in color with a white face. They build paper nests usually in exposed locations such as trees, on overhangs or poles
Facts about wasps include that there are more than 30,000 different wasps in the world, that wasps come in many different colors, that wasps have a more narrow waist when compared to bees and that not all wasps sting people. Most wasps are non-stinging wasps.
Wasps are identified by their pointed lower abdomen and slim petiole, or waist, separating the abdomen from the thorax. Over 30,000 species of wasps have been identified, and they make up a large and diverse group of insects. Wasps come with or without stingers.
The average lifespan of hornets in the wild is several months. The average length of a hornet is 1.25 inches. Hornets are classified as insects and are omnivorous. A group of hornets is referred to as a grist or hive.