STINGING INSECT IDENTIFICATION

BALD-FACED HORNET

Scientific Name: Dolichovespula maculata

General Size: 13 mm to 20 mm
Look for these Colors: Black with white markings on the face
More closely related to yellow jackets than they are to hornets

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BUMBLEBEE

Scientific Name: Bombus

General Size: Varies, adults are typically about 1"
Look for these Colors: Typically yellow and black
Bumblebees have a fuzzy appearance

CARPENTER BEE

Scientific Name: Xylocopa

General Size: 1/2 to 1 inch long
Look for these Colors: Typically black and yellow
Resemble a bumblebee, but are smooth and mostly hairless
Makes holes in wood

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HONEY BEE

Scientific Name: Apis

General Size: Around 2.54 cm
Look for these Colors: Black, brown, orange or yellow
Sting once and die
Make nests to store honey

POLESTES WASP

Scientific Name: Polistes

Also known as: Paper Wasp
General Size: 3/4 to 1-inch in length
Look for these Colors: black, reddish or dark brown, yellow or orange markings
Long and slender with a narrow waist
Can sting repeadly
Make paper cone nests

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YELLOW JACKET

Scientific Name: Vespula/Dolichovespula

General Size: 10 to 16 mm

Look for these Colors: Yellow and black with a thin abdomen

THE CICADA KILLER WASP

Scientific Name: Sphecius speciosus

General Size: 1 1/2 inch in length 
Look for these colors: dark brown to black in color, with colorful yellow markings on several segments of their abdomen. Their wings are reddish-orange.

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