HONEY BEE, HORNET or WASP?

Identification

INVASIVE SPECIES ALERT!

Asian Giant Hornet

Asian-Hornet

Asian Giant Hornet (INVASIVE)

Genus: Vespa Mandarinia
Colony: Strong grows rapidly
Hive: Only nests in underground
Sting: Extraordinarily Aggressive

Description:

– Bright orange head
– Black eyes and jaws
– Body black & orange horizontal stripes
– Wings are tinted a dark brown
– Black with yellow abdominal stripes.

Size: 1.5″ – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm)

 

Where do I report aN ASIAN HORNET sighting?

British Columbians who think they may have seen an Asian Hornet are asked to take a photo (if possible and safe to do so) then call in the sighting to:

The Invasive Species Council of B.C.

1-888-933-3722

Or you can report a sighting here:

https://bcinvasives.ca/take-action/report/

info@bcinvasives.ca

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

Species We Live With

Knowing the difference between a bee, wasp or hornet may seem obvious, but it’s harder than you think. So in order to make our lives and these precious insects’ lives a bit easier. We have compiled a visual list of some of our native species and the current invasive species, found in our province. Only together, can we work to eradicate these devastatingly invasive species from the mainland and Vancouver Island.
 

Early detection is critical

Help stop the spread of invasive species.

Know your friends

Species We Live With

Call for assistant Curtis Robinson
250-686-1540

Beekeepers bee

Honey Bee

Genus: Apis

Colony: Strong grows rapidly

Sting?: Rarely

Description: A thin, golden-brown body with black or honey abdominal stripes.

Size:
Workers 1/2″ (12mm)
Queen: 3/4″ (18mm)

mason-bee

Mason Bee

Genus: Osmia

Colony: Solitary

Sting?: Rarely

Description: Typically metallic blue or blue-black in color.

Size: 1/2″ (12mm)

Yellow-Jacket-Wasp

Yellow Jacket Wasp

Genus: Dolichovespula

Colony: Strong grows rapidly

Sting?: Likely

Description: Distinctive combination of black and yellow colour.

Size: Slightly small than a honey bee
Workers 1/2″ (12mm)
Queen: 3/4″ (18mm)

Bald-Faced-Hornet

Bald Faced Hornet

Genus: Dolichovespula maculata

Colony: 400 to 700 workers

Sting: Likely

Description: Black with a white pattern on most of the face.

Size:
Workers 1/2 – 5/8” (12-15mm)
Queen 3/4” (18-20mm)