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Bees, Hornets, Wasps and Yellowjackets
Bee - Insect
Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, and are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax.
Hornet - Insect
Hornets are flying insects that are the largest eusocial wasps; some species can reach up to 5.5 cm (2.2 in) in length.
Wasp - Insect
Wasps are flying insects that are neither a bee nor an ant. Almost every pest insect species has at least one wasp species that preys upon it or parasitizes it, making wasps critically important in natural control of their numbers, or natural biocontrol. Parasitic wasps are increasingly used in agricultural pest control as they prey mostly on pest insects and have little impact on crops.
Yellowjacket - Insect
Yellowjackets are flying insects commonly know as a predatory wasp. Most of these are black and yellow; some are black and white like the bald-faced hornet. Others may have the abdomen background color red instead of black. They can be identified by their distinctive markings, their occurrence only in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side to side flight pattern prior to landing. All females are capable of stinging.
- General Information/Resources -
- American Beekeeping Federation (Link)
- Central Oregon Beekeeper Association (LinK)
- Oregon Master Beekeeper Program (Link)
The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program represents a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the integrity of the practice of beekeeping throughout the region.
- Oregon State Beekeepers Association (Link)
- Washington State Beekeepers Association (Link)
- Evaluating Honey Bee Colonies for Pollination (PDF)
A guide for commercial growers and beekeepers
- How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides (PDF)
- Protecting Honey Bees Against Yellowjackets (PDF)
- Yellowjackets and Paper Wasps (PDF)
In the Pacific Northwest, these insects establish annual colonies. Both yellowjackets and paper wasps feed on flies and on insects that damage trees and crops. It is sometimes hard to remember they are beneficial insects when they invade your outdoor picnics, especially in late summer and early fall. This bulletin explains their life cycle, nests, control, safety precautions, etc.
Do you have a swarm of bees that you need removed? Find a beekeeper to help you at: Swarm Collection List. (Link)