Wasp Identification: 3 Effective Ways to Identify Wasps
Three ways to identify wasps
Wasps belong to the family of insects, and one can distinguish them among thousands of other species. Some of them are considered to be beneficial insects while others as a pest insect species. These species are spread all around the globe. Common wasps are predatory in nature. The most commonly found wasps are yellow jackets, hornets along with paper wasps and most of them are solitary wasps. Some of the species are also social wasps, and they have colonies that hundreds of members.
You can conveniently identify and characterize the different types of wasps through their colors, nesting habitats or even shapes. It is easy to differentiate wasps from bees if you know some key differences between the two. Some species of wasps also sting. The stinging insect nest can be found both on the ground as well as suspending from some place high. This text will provide you with some ideas to identify these wasps. However, it does not include the parasitoid wasps because they are tiny in size and only a wasp expert can tell you how to identify them.
- By physical characteristics
It is important to identify different types of wasps and distinguish them from bees. Some of the wasp species do sting, and it is important that you maintain a certain amount of distance from them and their nest. Most of the time, you can quickly identify a wasp by having a look at its physical characteristics. Their color, size, and shape of the body have a story to tell.
Yellow and black
You can quickly identify European paper wasps and yellow jackets by looking for their yellow and black bands which are observable on their abdomens. A type of a killer wasp is Cicada killers looks just like a bigger version of yellow jackets. One can characterize the European hornet with the help of its red and brown thorax with yellow and black tinted tail. Mud daubers also have a similar kind of a yellow and black pattern. However, a different type of mud daubers also has metallic blue and black design.
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