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What is the difference between Wasps and Hornets?

Asked by R. Jones, Last updated: Aug 29, 2019

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C. Bernthal

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C. BernthalTeacher, MA, P.hD, Seattle
Teacher, MA, P.hD, Seattle

Answered on Aug 29, 2019

Many people do not know the difference between a wasp and hornet. This is because they look alike and are very similar in appearance. Hornets are the largest of eusocial wasps. Hornets are not as aggressive as wasps. The sting of a hornet can be fatal to humans.

Many people do not know the difference between a wasp and hornet. This is because they look alike
Hornets are thicker, and they have more rounded abdomen than wasp and fathead. Hornets laid their eggs in a high nest that is built especially for this purpose. Wasps’ consist of a great number (about 100,000) of species. They are usually long and thin. Wasps are more aggressive. Wasps also laid their eggs in the body of their host organisms.

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M. Krasinski

M. KrasinskiContent Writer, Columbus
Content Writer, Columbus

Answered on Jul 04, 2019

It can be confusing to know the difference between the two but to give you an idea about their differences, you have to remember that all hornets can be considered as wasps but not all wasps can be considered as hornets.

It can be confusing to know the difference between the two but to give you an idea about their
There are some people who may say that they have found a wasp when actually, it is a hornet that they are searching for. Another difference between the two is hornets are considered to be less aggressive than wasps provided that they are not provoked in any way. It is still best to steer clear of the two if you can help it so that you will not encounter any bites and stings.

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