What's the difference between
a hornet and a wasp?

What's the difference between
a wasp and a hornet?

  • A hornet is a member of the wasp family - vespa.

  • Hornets are actually the biggest wasps in Europe and dwarf other members of the wasp family.

  • A common wasp worker will grow to be about 15 mm long whereas a worker hornet will grow to about 25mm long.

  • Common wasps are known for their briht yellow and black colouring while hornets are generally more brown than black.

  • Hornet wings and legs can appear reddish.

  • Both ommon wasps and hornet sting, the latter's sting can be very painful.