How to distinguish a Yellow Jacket from a Bee

Yellow Jackets are predatory wasps that feed on meat, fruit and other insects. Unlike the Bee, they are not pollinators and don't drink nectar. Yellow Jackets are not really Bees at all, but Wasps. They are slim, not fuzzy, banded in yellow and black, and approximately 1/2 inch in length. They camouflage their colonies underground or in openings in a tree or wall. Each colony can have as many as 2,000 or more residents that will aggressively defend their nest. They are quick to sting even when not in their own nest.
Bumble Bees are pollinators, feeding on pollen and nectar. (Interesting fact: Dipping tongues allow bees to drink the sweetest nectar. US mathematicians have worked out why the flowers pollinated by bees have sweeter nectar than those visited by butterflies. When it comes to drinking nectar, the most important factor is whether the insects dip their tongue in, or whether they suck the liquid up.) They also live in underground colonies of 25 - 500 residents. They are thicker and fuzzy, also black and yellow, and get as long as 3/4 of an inch. Bees do not often sting when going about their business. They will, of course, defend their nests.
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