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Bees usually sting if handled or caught in clothing, but are also known to vigorously vdefend their nests if disturbed. Bee stings are barbed and if stung, the sting will stick in the skin and tear away from the bee. This injury kills the bee, but the venom gland (contained in the barb) continues to pump venom through the sting, so it should be removed as soon as possible. Wasps are usually larger than bees and more vibrant in colour, However, wasps, unlike Bees do not die after stinging it’s victim and usually sting more than once.
- Bees are around 13mm in size with short wings
- Rounded in appearance with small hairs on their abdomain
- Wasps grown up to 25mm in size with long wings
- Bright in colour and slim in appearance
Bees live in colonies and each spring new nest will emerge as a mature queen searches for a suitable nest. The colony grows larger over summer, where it is usually discovered while gardening and moving. Bees attack to defend their nest. Bumble bees don’t make holes or tunnels in wood, but will nest in abandoned rodent burrows, under piles of grass clippings or leaves, stones, logs.