Identifying Wasps

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Identifying Wasps
Wasps look much like ants, having slim bodies with a narrow waist. Wasps are also mistaken for bees, where bees are covered with tiny hairs and wasps are not, wasps are more shiny in comparison. Colouring between bees and wasps may be similar, but that will be all. Wasps can be aggressive with some species being more so than others, so it is best you avoid all wasps. There are many types and species of wasps with most differing in colour. Paper wasps can be identified by their black bodies with bright yellow markings, normally stripes and grow as large as 25 millimetres long. The spider wasp has long back legs compared to the rest as is black, blue or red with white or orange markings. Potter wasps tend to be black with yellow stripes around their legs and abdomen. A bald faced hornet is metallic blue, green or red with black markings on its body. The size of a wasp can also help in identifying it. A potter wasp can grow as long as 6 millimetres, sphecid wasps 50 millimetres and the spider wasp 12 millimetres in length.

The type of nest and were it lives can also help in identifying the wasp. Paper wasps build nests in quiet secluded places such as lofts, under eaves of buildings and crevices. Other wasps such as sphecid and potter wasps build their nests in the ground, predominantly sandy soil. Other sphecid wasps can be found nesting from tree branches. Yellow jacket wasps can be found in many places such as in the ground or in the eaves of a building or in rock.
The material the wasps nest is made of also helps in identifying the type of wasps. A paper wasp constructs its nest from wood and plant fibres and creates a waterproof nest with a light brown honeycomb appearance. Potter wasps build a nest from mud that resembles a pot and a spider wasp will have many paralysed spiders around and inside its nest.

Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?

  • Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
  • Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
  • Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
  • Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
  • Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
  • Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
  • Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
  • Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
  • Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
  • Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
  • Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
  • Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.

Different Types of Wasps - Hornets
There are many different types of wasps - hornets which can be found in every region of the world. The following articles details facts and information about many different types of wasps - hornets. There are also facts and information about the size of the different types of wasps - hornets, the habitat in which they live and an indication of how long they live. Everything you wanted to know about wasps - hornets, facts and info for kids, children and their teachers and for everyone interested in the facts about wasps - hornets.

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