Social wasps are bright yellow and black stripes with yellow on faces and legs. Some solitary wasps can also
be yellow and black, but others are blacker all over. They are about the same size as Honeybees but are
generally not covered with fuzzy hairs. Also, they often have very defined narrow waist between its front end
(thorax) and tail end (abdomen) along with long thick antennae. Like Bumblebees they have 2 pairs of wings but
social wasps often hold them rolled up like a fan when they are resting.
Did you know..
Unlike honeybees, wasps do not make honey. There are estimated to be more than 9,000 species in the UK alone!
The insects we most commonly identify as "wasps" are the social wasps (Family: Vespidae), but many
wasp species are solitary and some are really tiny. As well as being voracious predators, wasps are
increasingly recognised as valuable pollinators, transferring pollen as they visit flowers to drink nectar.
bees and Hoverflies but wasps are shiny, less hairy and have a defined waist. Wasps have smaller eyes than
Hoverflies and longer antennae
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