What is the Difference Between Bees, Wasps, and Hornets?

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    There are many similarities and differences between our little wing-whipping friends. For starters, all can sting you. That said, you may derive some solace in the fact that when certain of them sting humans, they die- not so when they sting many other animals. The barbed stingers on honey bees particularly end up getting lodged in our soft flesh, ripping out their backsides when they try and get away after stinging you. When they sting most animals, this doesn’t happen.

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    Sources:

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/19686/bees-vs-hornets-vs-wasps-whats-difference
    http://science.howstuffworks.com/zoology/insects-arachnids/bee-vs-wasp.htm
    http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/Pests/whatis.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Characteristics_of_common_wasps_and_bees
    http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/wasp-and-bee-control/
    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/honeybee/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumblebee
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornet
    http://www.vice.com/read/were-all-going-to-be-killed-by-giant-hornets
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_giant_hornet
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Honeybee_thermal_defence01.jpg
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  • madcat61207

    madcat61207

     5 days ago

    Fascinating!!

  • madcat61207

    madcat61207

     5 days ago

    Today, I found out the hard way 😪

  • Joe Baldwin

    Joe Baldwin

     14 days ago

    around 2:30...did he mean to say smaller than HONEYbees there? Which type only has a few hundred in the colony?

  • K nuts

    K nuts

     14 days ago

    #TEAMHONEYBEE

  • Adam Knight

    Adam Knight

     14 days ago +1

    Hornets are basically wasps that have been on the steroids 😂😂

  • Izak DeLaCruz

    Izak DeLaCruz

     21 days ago

    My literal hell

  • Paul Cyr

    Paul Cyr

     21 days ago +1

    Wasps are nature's little assholes.

  • Alain Smith

    Alain Smith

     21 days ago

    I wish all species of wasps went extinct

  • Soxruleyanksdrool

    Soxruleyanksdrool

     21 days ago +1

    Very informative. But what are yellowjackets?

  • Shrek Joestar

    Shrek Joestar

     1 months ago +1

    Vsauce

  • Zetto Vii

    Zetto Vii

     1 months ago

    I got mistaken for a flower by a wasp, twice.

  • gndbssdq juyftdf

    gndbssdq juyftdf

     1 months ago

    this is way too interesting.. can we get another video about the greatest bee warriors that died saving their homies

  • Ricky Ray

    Ricky Ray

     1 months ago

    Bees are cool but Wasps can go to hell

  • Mr J

    Mr J

     1 months ago

    hornets are very tasty fried or boiled

  • v2joecr

    v2joecr

     1 months ago

    There are also solitary bees as well.

  • Silent Solitude

    Silent Solitude

     1 months ago

    You're not vsauce michael

  • Dale Anderson

    Dale Anderson

     1 months ago

    The way you said they can all sting makes it sound like they all sting but I know most bees do not have stingers...

  • Taran966

    Taran966

     2 months ago +1

    Bees: well, we help the planet most and some of us make and eat honey which is basically digested, puked up nectar. But stinging is like suicide.
    Wasps: we still do help the planet a bit, by eating rotting things, kill other pests, pollinating a bit but we are less hairy so not so much, and we are quite a bit more aggressive, especially in winter, and we can sting as much as we want.
    Hornets: wasps but bigger and badder

  • Donovan

    Donovan

     2 months ago

    I use to think it would be good if mosquitoes went extinct 🦟 but they are an important food source for small fish 🐟, who are food for the bigger fish 🦈. Please correct me if I am wrong but I know of no benefit to Asian Giant Hornets, kill them all ☠️. BTW, I love bees ❤️🐝🍯🌻🍎 which they kill in masses.

  • rex mundi

    rex mundi

     2 months ago

    Hornets and yellowjackets are types of wasp. Hornets build paper nests up high, yellowjackets build nests under ground. At least thats what they say on a Beekeepers website I visited. Seems there are different definitions out there. Europe and North America differ in some ways. But all say both are wasps.