Wasp Identification Guide
Learn What Wasps & Their Nests Look Like
Cicada killer wasps are among the largest in the wasp family in the US. Though these wasps are very large and can seem quite scary, they are not social so they are not known to attack in groups. In fact, very few cicada killer wasp stings have ever been reported. Cicada killer wasps are beneficial as they prey on pest insects which helps provide free pest control for the property they inhabit.
There is actually only one confirmed species of hornets in the US, the European Hornet. The bald faced hornet is actually a poorly named species of wasp. While hornets can be larger than wasps and therefore a bit scarier, they are actually treated in the same way.
- Wasps have two set of wings
- Wasps have 6 legs
- Wasps have a "pinched in" waist
- Wasps have antennae
- Female wasps have ovipositors (stingers) which are used to lay eggs and to sting when threatened
- Wasps have chewing mouthparts called mandibles to chew prey and other food sources
Wasp nests that are built on structures can cause damage or discoloration to the structure. Most wasp damage from nests is temporary and can be washed or scrubbed away.
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