Bees, Hornets & Wasps
Bees, hornets and wasps are a very beneficial group of insects, for the most part. They play key roles in pollinating flowering plants, and help in reducing the numbers of many other species of pests. However, of the 54 reported arthropod deaths each year, 14 are caused by bites or stings from bees, hornets, and wasps. Deaths are usually only common when the victim has an allergic reaction to a bite or sting.
Bees, hornets, and wasps are virtually everywhere outdoors during the warm months—in backyard clovers, window sill flowers, garden vegetable blooms, waste receptacle areas, etc.
Bees, hornets, and wasps are classified as being either social or solitary. Solitary species are those whose members live autonomously; separate from each other. Social species are those who live together in colonies or nests and which have an adult division of labor or caste system composed of workers, queens, and males.
- Africanized Honey Bee (Killer Bee)
- Bumble Bee
- Carpenter Bee
- Western Honey Bee
- Solitary Ground Bee
- Sweat Bee