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>Now pay attention – which stripy insects are these?


It turns out that I may have failed animal identity 101.
My allergy tests have come back and despite thinking I had been stung by a wasp last summer the tests show that I react to bees, wasps and hornets.
Now if I was a competitive person I’d have to tell you that on a scale of 0 to 3.4 I scored 3.1 for bees and 2.9 for hornets (not that I’m competitive obviously).
But since I failed wasp identification I probably shouldn’t.
So are you any better at flying foes identification?
Can you tell which is the wasp and which the hornet?

See I thought not – they look virtually identical and at the time you were probably more focused on not getting stung or in getting antihistamines into you or killing the beastie than asking exactly what it is.  I mean why don’t they stop, introduce themselves before injecting their venom?  Oh of course, they’re not that type of creature.

If you’re interested, the top one is a hornet and the bottom one a wasp.  Obviously.

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5 comments to >Now pay attention – which stripy insects are these?

  • cartside

    >Are hornets not significantly bigger than wasps? I couldn't tell from the images, but in real life a hornet is about twice the size of a wasp (I could be wrong though…)
    I'd been scared for years of being allergic as I'd never beeen stung by any stripey insect but have allergies galore. It was a relief to get stung a few years ago and find out that I'm not. Phew.

  • Muddling Along Mummy

    >Hi Cartside – unfortunately although hornets can grow to be much bigger than wasps, they are about the same size for quite a while… and there are some hornets (yellow jackets) that are only a bit bigger than wasps

    I'm thinking this is going to be my new specialist topic!

  • @jencull (jen)

    >Uh, I got them the wrong way around. Am how questioning all my previous 'wasp killings'!

  • PhotoPuddle

    >Blimey, they look the same to me!!

  • zooarchaeologist

    >Yey! An entomology blog, seriously I really do follow one and three of my twitter chums are real life entomologists and I look after a large insect collection and my friend is curator of spiders (arachnids at the NHM) and oooh and insects and things- that makes a refreshing change…

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