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.
Wasps found in Texas
Native bees of Texas