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What do Bees and Wasps Eat?

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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.

One thought on “What do Bees and Wasps Eat?

  1. I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING WITH WASP AND BEES FOR YEARS . WASP GO BETWEEN MY WOODEN FENCES AND AT TIMES LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE SUCKING THE WOOD. WELL THIS SUMMER I HAD TO TEAR DOWN BOTH SIDES OF FENCE GOT TO THERE NEST (MANY NEST) SPRAYS AND WRAPPED THE NEST IN BAGS AND THROW IN TRASH. WASNT EAZY AND TOOK TWO DAY TO GET THEM ALL. DO YOU THINK THEY WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR? AS FOR THE BEE THE NEIGHBOURS HAVE A LARGE APPLE TREE AND WHEN IT BLOMS FLOWERS IT GET SO BAD WE CAN’T COME OUTSIDE. I CAN’T FIND THERE HIVES.
    ALSO THE WASPS GO INTO MY GROUND I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL LAWN WHY?

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