Bees and Hornets

Hornet Side View
Hornet in Flight

Bees are flying insects that feed on pollen and nectar. They have two pairs of wings and a segmented body and antennae. Bees are valued for their pollination abilities, as much of the human food production is dependent upon insect pollination. Bees are also producers of honey. Hornets do not produce honey and are known to be more aggressive than bees.

Some hornets may have hair on their bodies, but bees’ bodies are covered more densely. Bees also have pollen baskets attached to the hind legs, which are not present on hornets.

Hornets are predaceous and primarily consume other insects, although some species are also attracted to human food, overripe fruit and meat. Bee species consume only pollen and nectar.

Hornets nests are made from paper, whereas bee nests are made of wax.

Honey bees can sting only once, while hornets may sting multiple times. After attacking, the bee’s stinger remains lodged inside the victim’s skin, resulting in the death of the bee. Hornets are more aggressive than bees, although bees also attack in swarms when their colonies are threatened.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Hornet Nets

Giant Hornets

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