What Are These Yellow Stripey Pests?

Different types of bees

Many people wonder what those yellow stripey things are that harass us all summer long. Today we break down each one and give you an easy-to-understand (and somewhat light-hearted) snapshot of their personalities. 😊

Carpenter Bee

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Carpenter Bees get their common name from their nesting habits: small carpenter bees excavate tunnels in pithy stems of various bushes; large carpenter bees chew nesting galleries in solid wood or in stumps, logs, or dead branches of trees.

They are considered master craftsmen because the holes they drill in wood are perfectly round.

Here are a few of the Carpenter Bee’s personality traits:

  • Acts like it’s tough but won’t actually hurt you
  • Has no concept of glass
  • Lives in your fence
  • Flies aggressively to try and scare you away
  • Is a bit of a loner

Honey Bee

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Honey Bees get their common name from their ability to collect nectar from flowers and produce honey. The honey bee’s primary commercial value is as a pollinator of crops.

Here are a few of the Honey Bee’s personality traits:

  • Is the bee that needs help the most
  • Excellent pollinator
  • Very friendly and social
  • Dancing is their preferred form of communication
  • Can only sting once

Bumble Bee

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A Bumble Bee is a cousin of the honey bee. It gets its name from the compound of “bumble” and “bee”—’bumble’ meaning to hum, buzz, drone, or move ineptly or flounderingly. They cooperate, raise the young together, and divide up labor. Each bee has a specific role to promote the overall health and survival of the colony.

Here are a few of the Bumble Bee’s traits:

  • Prides itself on being disciplined
  • So fat it shouldn’t be able to fly
  • Is very social – and noisy
  • Is an excellent communicator
  • Will let you pet it without getting agitated
  • Can sting you more than once
  • Is actually a flying panda

Hover Fly

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A Hover Fly is also called a flower fly or syrphid fly. As their common name suggests, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers. They do not possess stingers so they cannot sting.

Here are some of the Hover Fly’s personality traits:

  • Wears yellow stripey uniform to scare you
  • Actually can’t do anything to you
  • Hangs out in fields
  • Follows you if it likes you

Paper Wasp

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Paper Wasps get their common name from the paper-like material out of which they make their nests. They are sometimes called umbrella wasps, after the shape of their distinctive nests. Paper wasp stings can be very painful, cause allergic reactions, and should be treated immediately.

Here are some of the Paper Wasp’s traits:

  • Look scary but will only attack if provoked
  • Sting hurts like the devil
  • Will chase you if you swat at it
  • Has no concept of personal space

Yellow Jacket

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Yellow Jackets get their common name from their typical black and yellow color pattern banded across their abdomens, like a jacket. They are similar to bees only they have a very small ‘waist.’ They can sting multiple times, which can be very painful.

Here are some of the Yellow Jacket’s traits:

  • Will nest in your attic and walls
  • Wants your food and will fight you for it
  • Never leaves you alone
  • Are very territorial
  • Will sting you just for the heck of it
  • Is just a jerk!

Cicada Killer

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Cicada Killers are a native wasp species, and, as their name implies, hunt only cicadas and other solitary insects. Despite their menacing name, cicada killers are usually non-aggressive toward humans, unless they feel threatened. 

Here are some of the Cicada Killer’s traits:

  • Looks like Satan’s nightmare
  • Exclusively eats cicadas
  • Can sting you but usually won’t
  • Still pretty terrifying

Dirt Dauber

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Dirt Daubers (a.k.a. mud daubers) get their name from building their nests out of mud. These wasps build finger-like nests of mud which are attached to flat or vertical surfaces. The mud is molded into cells by the wasps’ mandibles. You will see their nests in sheds, barns, and other structures.

Here are some of Mud Dauber’s traits:

  • Almost never stings anything except spiders
  • Builds nests in the ground
  • Hoards spiders in said nest
  • Coolest looking of the wasps

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