Bee, hornet, or wasp – who is more dangerous? To the naive eye, they may be pretty much the same. You see something black and white buzzing about, and you either duck for cover or you hesitate, sometimes for quite some time, no matter whether it’s a wasp, a bee, or a hornet they sting, or something like that. The only difference between them is in the sting itself.
Wasps and hornets do not usually sting but rather inject an anesthetic agent into their victims. This causes the victim to have a very severe allergic reaction. It is not a toxic venom but rather a protein injected into the skin, which causes anaphylactic shock and a strong anaphylactic reaction that takes 24 hours to subside. They can cause a large number of stings and can sometimes inflict much more than one sting. This is especially true of the wasp or hornet when it is angry, particularly when it comes out in a swarm.
Also, hornets and wasps have another distinct advantage over bees: the wasps and hornets are more aggressive. This means they can hurt a lot more quickly than a bee. Wasps will go through entire colonies just to find the next queen to take over and start again; this means that wasps and hornets can wreak havoc on a swarming hive, a garden, and entire neighborhoods. For this reason, when dealing with wasps and hornets, one must be careful because they can hurt you a great deal and can even cause deadly stings.
So let us begin by taking a look at them and how they attack. The wasp’s method of attack is actually quite unique compared to a bee’s method. A wasp’s method of attack consists mainly of inserting its head between the victim’s skin and the pollen. This causes a painful sting on the victim, which quickly wears away at the skin until there is virtually nothing on the skin left. The wasp then uses its stinger to inject a cloud of venom on the victim which stings and immediately relieves the pain. This method has saved their species from many threats and helps them defend themselves from bad things such as bees.
If wasps and hornets do sting the victim, the result is often a very big reaction. This is usually caused by the wasp or hornet, having mistaken the victim for a wasp or hornet. If this mistake is made, the wasp or hornet will quickly flee back into their nests to avoid further interaction. However, it is also possible that a wasp or hornet may continue to sting and may eventually confuse a bee with a nest. If a bee is confused with a nest, it is highly likely that the wasp or hornet will end up stinging the bee and causing a deadly bee or hornet scenario.
The significant difference between hornets and wasp is color and size. Wasps are about one centimeter (one- third inch) to two and one-half centimeters (one inch) long. Hornets are larger. Wasps have yellow and black rings, while hornets have white and black rings.
So there we have it, the difference between wasps and hornets and the essential facts that should help you make an informed decision. Now that you are armed with this information, it should be much easier to figure out the important things you need to know about the difference. Just remember that wasps and hornets are not the same, and that confusion does no good to either animal.