Bee Identification

What’s a bee? And what isn’t?

Distinguishing between a bee and wasp can be tricky at times, but here are some simple characteristics to differentiate between the two:

  • Wasps tend to have more prominent coloration and patterns than bees.
  • Wasp bodies are usually smoother, whereas bees tend to be more hairy.
  • Due to their hairless bodies, wasps do not carry pollen. They do feed on nectar and collect other insects to feed to their carnivorous young.
  • Wasps can sting repeatedly, as opposed to some bees that lose their stinger once it is used.
bee vs wasp

https://insects.tamu.edu/extension/publications/epubs/e_346.cfm

 

 

Wasps found in Texas

Paper Wasps

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Yellow jackets

yellow jacket

Hornets

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Cicada Killers

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Mud Daubers

mud dauber

Mexican Honey Wasps

Mexican honey wasp

Native bees of Texas

Bumblebees 

Bumble Bee on Duranta Erecta (pigeon berry)

Carpenter bees

carpenter bee

 Squash bees

squash bee

Leafcutter bees

leafcutter bee

Sweat bees

sweat bee

 Mason bees

mason bee

Yellow-faced bees

yellowfaced bee

Andrenid bees

andrenid bee

 

 

 

 

 

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