Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Differences and Similarities between Bees and Wasps

Comparison between Bees and Wasps

Similarities

Characteristics
Bees
Wasps
Kingdom
Animalia
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Insecta
Order
Hymenoptera
Hymenoptera
Suborder
Apocrita
Apocrita
Morphology
Long and fat, dangling legs, two pairs of wings, often brightly colored.
Narrow junction between thorax and abdomen.
Long and thin, dangling legs, two pairs of wings, often brightly colored.
Narrow junction between thorax and abdomen.
Stinger
Backward-pointed barbs on stinger to penetrate victim
Backward-pointed barbs on stinger to penetrate victim

Differences

Characteristics
Bees
Wasps
Body
Hairy body and legs
Smooth body and legs
Legs
Flat and wide
Round and waxy
Abdomen & thorax
Round
Cylindrical
Hives
Geometric wax hives
Papery nests
Colonial or Solitary
Colonial
Colonial or solitary, depending on the species
Food
Pollen and nectar
Predators or parasites of other insects, or scavengers



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