Suburban Sweet Apiary
Of course, there are some similarities. They all belong to the Hymenoptera order of insects. They have narrow waists between their thorax and abdomen. They have two pairs of wings. The females all have modified egg depositors (ovipositors), which can sting and inject venom. But that’s where the similarities end.
So if you're outdoors, eating a hot dog and drinking beer, minding your own business, and you get stung multiple times by an aggressive, slender, hairless, black-and-yellow insect, then you were stung by a hornet or a yellow jacket. Please don't blame it on a bee!
Bumble Bee (Bombus spp)
Big fluffy bees, docile, make small nests in the ground
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Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Smaller, make lots of honey, docile. Hives in tree cavities
Suburban Sweet, Strong Island, New York 2017