Difference Between Bee and Wasp


Main Difference

Bees and Wasps both belong to the similar order of Hymenoptera and phylum Arthropoda. Bees are the famous kind of small insects that are found in abundance all around the globe and are of various kinds. Honey Bee is the most common kind of bee found almost in every part of the world. They are more commonly known as Pollinators as they are one of the best media for pollination. On the other hand, despite being same order and phylum, wasps are larger size flying insects that are more commonly known for their aggressive nature, biting habits and feeding on other insects.

Comparison Chart

Bees are the famous kind of insects that belongs to phylum Arthropoda. They are famous for pollination and production i.e. bee wax and honey.Wasps are neither bee nor proper ant, but they belong to the same phylum and order as bees do. Wasps are flying insects that are famous for their stinging ability and aggressive nature. They are even more famous predators.
Feeding ways
They feed on flowers and fruits. That’s why they are called pollinators.They feed on other insects by catching and killing them. They are famous predators.
The best way to distinguish between bees and wasps is that they are long and fat in nature. As they support pollination process, they are brightly colored and possess hairs on the body.Wasps, on the other hand, do not possess hairs on their body. They are long and thing in shape. Possess large floppy legs. They too are brightly colored for attracting their prey.
Famous Traits
Bees are famous for pollination.Wasps are famous for their stinging ability.
Lives In
Bees prefer to live in hives. Honey Bees lives in wax hives or honeycomb they made. They live in the form of colonies.Wasps do not live in hives except few rare species. Most kinds of wasp prefer to live in small temporary kind of nests.
SocialMost commonly Solitary but varies species to species.
Physical Traits
Their body is usually covered with hairs that are even followed all along the legs too.Wasps, unlike bees, do not possess hairs on their body and legs; they are smooth and slippery in nature.
Shape of legs
Wide and flatRound and Waxy
Body shape
Abdomen and Thorax are in round shape.Thorax and abdomen both are in cylindrical form.
Bees are although aggressive in nature and do possess aggressive behavior, but that is quite less as compared to wasps. Honey bees die most of the time when they sting anyone.Wasps are famous for their aggressiveness and sharp, edgy behavior. They are way more aggressive than bees and other arthropods insects. Unlike bee, they possess the ability to sting multiple targets at once.
Major difference
Bees are most probably known for their pollination capability and some specific kinds of the production of honey etc.Wasps are considered more as dangerous hunter and predators. They possess the ability to sting multiple targets at once.

What is Bee?

Bee is the flying insects that belong to phylum Arthropoda and Hymenoptera order. Bees are present in almost every part of the world. They are one of the most found kinds of insects on earth. Depending on their various species bees are of various kinds which include famous kinds like Honeybee, Wax bee, etc. Bees are famous for their production abilities as some produce wax, some honey, etc. Bees are less aggressive in nature as compare to wasps. They are famous pollinators; they feed on flower nectar and fruits. They possess the hairy body and hairy legs, which helps the pollen to stick to their body, thus helping in the pollination process.


What is Wasp?

Wasps are famous large flying insects that possess large wings with floppy legs. They possess a smooth, sticky body unlike to bees. Wasps are not involved in any pollination or production. Wasps are well known for their stinging abilities and aggressive nature. They are one of the most aggressive insects found on earth. Wasps are brightly colored and possess a long thing cylindrical shaped body. Wasps can sting various multiple targets at the same time. They hunt and kill small insects and feed on them. They are famous Arthropods predators.

Bee vs. Wasp

  • Bee is a flying insect that is famous for production and pollination.
  • Wasp is a flying insect that is famous for hunting and aggressive nature.
  • Bee’s body and legs are covered with hairs that help in pollination.
  • Wasps possess smooth and sticky legs and body with no hairs on them.
  • Bees usually feed on the flower nectars and fruits.
  • Wasps hunt, kill small insects and feed on them.
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