They kind of like bees, but when they sting you its much worse. And whats even more troubling is they can sting you more than once.


Bees, wasps and hornets are considered beneficial insects.
Wasps feed on insect larva and rotten fruit (in an orchard or near fruit tree)
When the old queen dies, the old nest is no longer used.
Do you know that it is the female which possess a stinger.
Do you know that mated female overwinter, while male and unfertilized wasps will die.
In the spring, potential queens compete for control of nest by laying more eggs. The one who succeed will become queen and dominate, while others subordinate females will no longer attempt to lay eggs.

Umbrella Wasp

(Also known as paper wasp)
Color: Brown with thin yellow markings.
These wasps will rarely sting unless the nest is disturbed or they are molestered. The number of wasps living upon the nest is small, usually less than a dozen.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Color: Black and white.
These hornets build a large grey-blue soccer ball-sized paper nest with a single enterance off-centre at the tip. These wasps can become aggressive if the nest is disturbed, but will tolerate human approach.

Yellow Jackets

Color: Black and Yellow.
The nest of these wasps are difficult to locate since they forage over long distance. The actual nest has many layers (combs) that are surrounded by paper, and there can be a possibility of more than 3000 wasps in a colony.There are 4 species of this wasp, and German yellow jacket is the most common in Ontario. German yellow jacket is aggressive of the others.

Mud Daubers

Color: Metallic blue or black and yellow.
These wasps make mud nest, which they attach to ceilings or walls, are seldom bothersome, and seldom sting.
European Hornets

Color: Yellow and Reddish-orange

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