Wasps, Bees and Hornets

Bees, hornets, and wasps are for the most part a very beneficial group of insects, being the major pollinators of flowering plants.

Bumble Bees

Adult worker body length about 1/4-1″ (6-25mm), queen about 3/4-1″ (17-25mm) long; robust in form. color black with yellow markings with an overall fuzzy appearance.

Carpenter Bees

Adult body length about 1/2 – 1″ (12.5-25mm) robust in form, resembling bumble bees, but with top surface of abdomen largely bare and shining.

Honey Bees

Adult workers body length 1/2-5/8″ ( 11-15mm). Colour usually orangish brown to sometimes black with body mostly covered with branches, pale hairs most dense on thorax.

Ground Bees

All 3 families composed of small to medium-sized bees with females and males about 1/8 – 3/4 ” (4-20mm) long; females usually 1-2 mm longer then males of the same species. colour usually dark, some metallic, some with pale bands.

Baldfaced Hornets

Adult workers about 5/8 – 3/4 + ” (15-20 +mm) long; queen about 3/4 +” (20 + mm). colour black with white pattern on most of face.

Mud Daubers

Adults mostly about 1/2 – 1″ (12-25mm) long, slender. colour usually black, may have pale markings or a metallic luster.

Mason and Potter wasps

Adult about 3/8 – 3/4 ” (10-20mm) long. Colour black with yellow or white markings

Paper Wasps

Adults about 5/8 – 3/4″ (16-20mm) long. Colour brownish with yellow markings, a few species with reddish markings.


Adult workers about 3/8 – 5/8″ (10-16mm) long depending on the species with their respective queens about 25 % longer. Abdomen usually banded with yellow and black, several species with white and black.