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Identification of Bees and Wasps

Select the insect that most closely resembles the bee or wasp you have found. This set only covers the major pests you may have something else. In that case you should contact your county extension agent. He/She is well trained in local insect problems.
    Baldface Hornet Image
Baldfaced Hornets are large wasps that make paper nests in trees. They have a white face and black and white markings on their body similar to yellowjackets.
    Bumble Bee Image
Bumble Bees are robust bees that nest in buildings and on the ground. They are yellow and black with a hairy abdomen.
    Carpenter Bee Image
Carpenter Bees are similar to bumble bees but nest in wood and have a shiny abdomen.
    European Hornet Image
European Hornets are LARGE hairy wasps that have a red-brown thorax (middle body section) and a tail section with a pattern similar to a yellow jacket. European hornets often come to porch lights at night and they will also chew the bark off of small trees.
    Honey Bee Image
Honey Bees are golden-brown colored and may come from a bee hive or a wild site like a bee tree. When they sting they leave their stinger in the wound, but some yellowjackets will do this as well.
    Paper Wasp Image
Paper Wasps are long slender wasps with long legs that build paper umbrella type nests in protected places on the outside of buildings.
    Sweat Bee Image
Sweat Bees are small bees that are often metallic green or blue. They will sting if you try to crush them.
    Yellowjacket Image
Yellowjackets are medium to large wasps that are yellow (or white) with black markings. They can nest in trees, shrubs, buildings, or most commonly in the ground.

Insect Identification and Diagnosis Request

For the identification of insects and mites, contact a local Virginia Cooperative Extension office, or find information about offices in your state.


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