What are hornets & wasps?
Hornets and wasps are both types of stinging insects. They use their stinger to defend themselves and to paralyze other insects that they then bring back to the colony to feed the developing larvae. Both hornets and wasps have short fuses and will not hesitate to use their stinger to defend themselves or their colony. Both hornets and wasps look very similar to each other and are often confused for one another. They have long, hairless bodies and narrow waists. They are usually yellow and black, yellow and brown, or white and black. Common species of hornets include the bald-faced hornet and European hornet. Common species of wasps include the yellow jacket and paper wasp.