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Honey bee vs. Yellow Jacket table



Do not nest in the ground

Nest in the ground

Build hives in walls & attics

Nest in walls, attics & floor voids

Build wax combs

Build papery, multi-tiered nests

Sting only once

Sting repeatedly

Sting if swatted or stepped on

Sting if aggravated or nest is threatened

Typically do not chase

Will chase

Defend their hives if disturbed

Aggressively defend their nests

Aggravated by threats to hive

Aggravated by sounds & vibrations


Drink nectar & eat pollen

Eat insects

Make honey

Do not make honey

Fuzzy body

Smooth body

Significant pollination power

Minimal pollination power

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