Insect Order: Hymenoptera
Wasps are in the same order as bees (Hymenoptera) and so have similar characteristics. Similar to bees, wasp species present a variety of colors and patterns, so you must look at other physical characteristics to identify them correctly.
Compared to bees, wasps:
- tend to move more slowly between flowers and take their time collecting flower nectar.
- have a pinched waist and narrower body
- lack feathery hairs for carrying pollen
Other Flower Visitors
Many insects will visit a flower to collect the nutritious nectar, like this butterfly (pictured), but none are as effective at pollination as bees.
For any non-bee insect that visits a flower during your 5 minute survey, tap the “non-bee” icon to record the visit in the app.