Wasp Or Hornet... What's The Difference?
Advice From Moyer Indoor | Outdoor
This is a topic of much confusion. The simplest way to define wasps and hornets is to say that all hornets are wasps but only some wasps are hornets. It can also be put this way: Hornets are a type of wasp not found in North America. In the United States, there is only one pest hornet. It is the European hornet or Vespa crabro. It was brought to America by European settlers in the 1800s. There is another wasp in the U.S. that bears the name "hornet," but it is not actually a hornet. It is the baldfaced hornet or Dolichovespula maculata. It is not a true hornet because it has always lived here. Let's take a closer look at these two wasps that bear the hornet name and also two other significant pest wasps that do not.