The diet of bees and wasps can vary depending on the species of bee or wasp, where they are and what type of food is around them.
The Bee Diet
Bees eat honey. Honey is basically nectar they’ve taken from flowers and processed. They ingest the pollen they collect, then regurgitate it as honey. The enzymes that are mixed into the pollen during this process is what turns it into honey. Bees store their honey to feed larvae, the queen and other bees in the hive. The honey is eaten, but extra is also saved for periods where finding food is more difficult – such as during the winter.
The Wasp Diet
In general, wasp diets are much more varied than bee diets. Different types of wasps eat different things, and their diets will also vary based on their age.
Wasps, though similar to bees, don’t produce honey, so they find other sources of food. They are omnivorous, and can eat both plants and other insects. When eating other insects, they use their stinger to paralyze their prey before they consume it. Their prey is often taken back to their wasp nest to be shared with their young. They catch insects such as caterpillars, spiders, and even bees and other species of wasps.
Though they can eat protein, most varieties of adult wasps subsist mainly on plants and nectars, like bees do. As you’ve probably noticed if you spot wasps at a picnic, they tend to gravitate toward sweeter things – such as pop, juice, or desserts.
Getting Rid of Bees and Wasps
If you’ve discovered a bee or wasp nest in your yard, call Magical Pest Control’s bee and wasp extermination division for assistance removing the wasp nest. We have specially trained staff and professional equipment to handle your bee or wasp extermination quickly and precisely. Call us at (905) 738-6676 to discuss bee or wasp extermination. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can contact us through our contact form.