Bees, Wasps and Hornets: Here’s How To Tell The Difference

Four common bees and wasps

What is the difference between bees, wasps and hornets? This is a question I tend to ask myself, especially when surrounded by swarms of hungry yellow jackets while dining outside. I, for one, know from experience that fuzzy honeybees can make excellent garden companions. But, what’s up with their skinny yellow and black striped brethren? Do they have any value? They seem interested only in stinging me. Continue reading

Bee ID: How To Make Sense Of The Buzz In Your Garden

cover.bumble bee

Aren’t they cute?

One of the many things I love about gardening is working in tandem with my many fuzzy, buzzing friends. Dutifully arriving on the job each morning, they hover beside me, yielding as one mass each time I shift position in the garden. Sometimes, I’ve been brave (or stupid) enough to touch one of the downy creatures, and they’ve agreed to let me stroke them. Feeling the tiny vibrations of all that industrious activity never ceases to amaze me. Continue reading