Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District

Mistaken Identities

Africanized Honey Bees (AHB) & European Honey Bees (EHB)

Length: 5/8"

Look the same

Nests in trees, ground & structures

AHB can be more defensive

Bumble Bee

Length: 1/4" to 1"

Nests in ground

Carpenter Bee

Length: 3/4" to 1 "

Generally docile

Solitary bee

Nests in wood

Males are orange

Females are black

 

Yellow Jacket

Length: 5/8" to 3/4"
Aggressive if disturbed
Attracted to food
Nests in ground, trees & structures

Paper Wasp

Length: 5/8" to 1 "

Nests on or in structures (i.e. eaves)

Mud Dauber

Length: 7/8" to 1 1/4"

Generally docile

Solitary wasp
Small mud nests on or in structures

Sand Wasp

Length: 4/5" to 1"

Generally docile

Solitary wasp
Burrows in sand

 

 

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