Africanized Honey Bee (aka Killer Bee)
Africanized Honey Bees tend to swarm more frequently and go farther than other types of honeybees, thus earning their nickname, Killer Bee. They are no more venomous than other
- Is more likely to migrate as part of a seasonal response to lowered food supply.
- The entire colony leaves the hive and relocates in response to stress
- Has greater defensiveness when in a resting swarm
- Often live in ground cavities
- Guard hives aggressively, with a larger alarm zone around the hive.
- Has a higher proportion of “guard” bees within the hive.
- Deploys in greater numbers for defense and pursues perceived threats over much longer distances from the hive.
- Cannot survive extended periods of forage deprivation, preventing introduction into areas with harsh winters or extremely dry late summers.
Bald Faced Hornet
The bald faced hornet is also known as a white-faced or white-tailed hornet. They are known for constructing large, football shaped paper nests and defending their nest with repeated stings when necessary. It is not recommended to approach the nest as the bald-faced hornet will aggressively attack with little provocation.
Bumble bees are insects that are characterized by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely black. Another obvious characteristic is the soft nature of the hair, called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a shiny, bare surface, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen.
Carpenter bees are distinguished by their large and hairy bodies. Most species build nests in dead wood, thus earning their name. They are often confused with Bumblebees, but Carpenter bees have an abdomen covered with dense, fuzzy hair; whereas, bumblebees have a hairless abdomen. Carpenter bees are normally solitary bees, but some species form social nests where mothers and daughters cohabitate.
The hornet has deeply indented, C-shaped eyes. They are reddish-orange with hair on the thorax and abdomen. The hornet is larger than the common wasp, but smaller than most Asian Hornet species. Hornets are commonly thought of as highly aggressive due to their larger size and loud sound, but they are actually less dangerous than most other wasps and hornets. Hornets are also attracted to lights at nighttime, but are not attracted to human food or waste.
Paper wasps get their name by collecting dead fibers from wood or other plants to construct paper-like nests with open combs. They are also known as umbrella wasps. These wasps generally only attack when their nest is threatened, and they are often seen as a beneficial pest because they feed on other insects such as flies, caterpillars, and larvae.
The yellowjacket is a black and yellow predatory wasp. They are distinguished by a rapid, side to side flight pattern before landing. A typical worker is 12mm long with alternating black and yellow bands, although some species have white or red instead of yellow. Yellowjackets often build nests in trees, shrubs, or other protected places, even within human-made structures or underground.