Question by  andrewschon (37)

What are the differences between a wasp and a hornet?


Answer by  Jomackee (46)

Hornets are black and white, about 3/4" long. Wasp are the size of house flies, with distinct yellow and black markings. Baldfaced hornet, is black and white and about inch long. They tend to build mottled grey nests in trees or shrubs. Occasionally, they will build nests under roof overhangs, in attics, crawlspaces, and walls, or under decks.


Answer by  Sudhkar (69)

Wasp and hornet are somewhat generic terms - that is why we have scientificnames! What most people call a "hornet" is the bald-faced hornet, whichbuilds large - up to basketball size - paper nests in trees. Yellow-jacketsare closely related and may be called either wasps or hornets.Bald faced hornets and yellow jackets are all in the subfamily Vespinae.


Answer by  dr84bhl (2789)

A hornet is larger than a wasp and the nest is normally found in roofs or the attic. The sting can be quite nasty as the hornet is stronger so the sting will be worse. Hornets are about one to two inches in length and the same color as wasps.

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