How To Identify A Hornet, Wasp, and Bee Nests

A large papery wasps' nest hanging from a tree

Bees are integral to life on the planet. So much so, in fact, that many gardeners take great pains to lure them into their landscape. But what about hornets and wasps? While they may have a less benign reputation, these insects are also valuable to plants. How do you tell the difference between a bee nest vs. wasp nest vs. a hornet’s nest? Despite their similarities, bee or wasp nest identification is pretty simple once you know what you are looking for. Keep reading to find out the answers to “what does a wasp nest look like?” and “what does a hornet’s nest look like?” Difference Between Bee, Wasp and Hornet Species Size is the most obvious distinguishing feature between bees, wasps and hornets. Bees are smaller than the other two insects at around ½ inch (1.2 cm) in size or less. Next come wasps at about ¾ inch (2 […]

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