Bees, wasps and hornets: how to recognize them and how to defend themselves

Bees, wasps and hornets: how to recognize them and how to defend themselves

22. June, 2023
The Blue Blog

It happens very often during boat trips, especially in summer, to be annoyed by insects. Wasps and bees are never particularly welcome, but it is important to know that they are not the same, and knowing how to recognize them can be very useful.

Let us remember first of all that bees are protected species in Europe because of their fundamental function as pollinators, and therefore cannot be eliminated. About a third of the world’s food production depends on them, as well as 70% of global plant pollination. Considering that many species of bees are at risk of extinction, it is important to safeguard them.

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The Main Differences

As you can also see from the photos above, bees, wasps and hornets have different characteristics:

How to behave in their presence

These types of insects, although useful to the ecosystem, can be annoying. However, in order not to provoke them and risk being stung, it is advisable not to make sharp gestures and not to try to drive them away with your hands. They are attracted to sugary foods and drinks, so it is useful to avoid leaving food remnants outdoors. Some natural methods to keep them away can be lemongrass, garlic and coffee.

Bees, if not provoked, will hardly attack, so they will continue to carry out their activities without interfering with yours. If they sting you, it is important to immediately extract the sting, which continues to release poison for about a minute after the attack.
In the case of a wasp or hornet, if they become aggressive it is preferable to walk away calmly without running, and in any case not to approach their nest. 

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