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What Is The Difference Between Bees And Wasp
Bees are those tiny flying creatures best known for pollination and closely related to wasps. Bees belong to the superfamily Apoidea. Today there are 16000 known species of bees. The most fascinating thing about the bees is that they are found everywhere except Antarctica. Some species of bees like honey bees, sting bees and bumblebee tend to live in colonies. Bees generally feed on nectar and pollen where nectar is considered to provide energy and pollen supply important nutrients such as protein. Larvae of bees feed on pollen grains. Pollination done by bees is important both economically and commercially. Therefore various agencies who are dedicated to work for the well-being of the environment have been taking care of the pollination through commercially managed beehives.
If we talk about the size of bees, then it ranges from tiny stingless species which are hardly of length 2 mm (0.08in) to Megachile Pluto which grows upto the size of 39 mm (1.54in). Due to their size, they are sometimes confused with wasps or flies. Beekeeping was in vogue even
during the time of Ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Other than valuable and golden-colored honey bee wax, royal jelly and propolis have also been harvested from apiculture.
What are the Differences?
As mentioned above, because of the small size and similarity in color bees are sometimes mistaken for wasps and flies, but in reality, these two are totally different from each other. They both are armed with painful stings. But bees sting when they are provoked on the other
hand, wasp tends to bite more frequently as they are naturally more aggressive. In apiculture, it becomes necessary to be able to differentiate between a bee and a wasp for the proper pest control and treatments of the wound. They both belong to Hymenoptera order of insects although their anatomy is different. Some of the differences are as follows.
Colors And Skin:
Honey bees can be totally black in color or combination of black and brown along with yellow
or orange strips. On the other hand, wasps are narrow-waisted and can be brightly colored along with black and yellow patterns. If closely observed, then it can be seen that honey bees are hairy while wasps have rather smooth and shiny skin.
Lifestyle And Habits:
Wasps and bees like to live in colonies, but the number of individuals varies with a huge difference. When a honey bee colony can have 75000 individuals at the same time, colonies of wasps contains 10000 creatures. In a bee comb, work is based on a hierarchy where queen wasps build a home while honey bees and workers create and maintain hives.
Wasps generally hibernate during the winter season and tend to construct their nest in autumn, but honey bees never hibernate, and during off seasons they survive on food reserve and heat accumulated after the hard work of thousands of workers.
As bees are known to die after they sting once whereas a single wasp is capable of injecting stings a multiple number of times.
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