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This is just a random article about some details on flies (house fly, blow fly, drone fly), bees (bumble bee, honey bee) and wasps (common wasp, german wasp).

I was thinking of adding this to a talk page on the wikipedia, but I doubted whether such observation on a talk page would be accepted. So instead, I made this page on my own wiki, under my own policies.

I'm not sure if very many people will see this, because there aren't that many users that contribute here, oh well!


House Fly (Musca domestica)

Picture: House Fly (Musca domestica)
Appearance: Short, small, and black
Nature: Non-aggressive, but rather irritating towards people
Buzzing: High buzzing

Blow Fly (Calliphoridae)

Picture: Blow Fly (Calliphoridae)
Appearance: Short, fat and black
Stingers: None
Nature: Non-aggressive, but rather irritating towards people
Buzzing: Pitch varies with each blow fly, usually slightly deeper than house fly, and rather noisy

Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax)

Picture: Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax)
Appearance: Short and stocky, with amber and black abdomen
Stingers: None
Nature: Non-aggressive, usually found drinking nectar from flowers. Often mistaken for honey bees or common/german wasps, because of their colour and frequent visits to flowers
Buzzing: High and rather noisy (very similar to a blow fly but slightly higher)

Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Picture: Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Appearance: Longish, amber with dark stripes, pollen sacks, black antennae, thick black legs
Stingers: Barbed sting, can sting other insects repeatedly, but will usually lose stingers after stinging people due to thickness of human's skin (Workers) Smooth sting, can sting other insects and animals (including humans) repeatedly (Queens)
Nature: More aggressive than bumblebees but still mostly non-aggressive
Buzzing: High buzzing (more soft than the buzz of a fly)

Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

Picture: Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)
Appearance: Longish, yellow abdomen with black stripes with black dots that connect with stripes, black antennae, thin yellow legs. Usually has a vertical black stripe in centre of face. Common wasps are usually smaller than German wasps according to history
Stingers: Straight sting with small barbs, is usually capable of stinging other insects and animals repeatedly. Queen wasps are reported to have more painful stings than the workers
Nature: Aggressive (usually more aggressive than german wasps). Their nests are typically found in the ground or in buildings. Their nests are typically a light brown, and are made from dead or rotten wood
Buzzing: Deep buzzing (calmer and higher than the buzz of a bumble bee)

German Wasp (Vespula germanica)

Picture: German Wasp (Vespula germanica)
Appearance: Longish, yellow abdomen with black stripes with separate black dots, black antennae, thin yellow legs. Usually has three black spots on face, and a black mark behind the eye
Stingers: Straight sting with small barbs, is usually capable of stinging other insects and animals repeatedly. Queen wasps are reported to have more painful stings than the workers
Nature: Aggressive (usually less aggressive than common wasps). Their nests are typically found close to the ground or in bushes and trees. Their nests are typically a light grey, and are made from fresh wood
Buzzing: Deep buzzing (calmer and higher than the buzz of a bumble bee)

Large Garden Bumble Bee (Bombus ruderatus)

Picture:
Large Garden Bumble Bee (Bombus ruderatus)
Appearance: Fat and hairy, gold with black stripes, cream on back of abdomen, black antennae, thick black legs
Stingers: Smooth sting, is capable of stinging other insects and animals repeatedly
Nature: Gentle, less aggressive than wasps or honey bees, will usually only sting if in serious danger
Buzzing: Pitch varies with each bumble bee, usually quite deep buzzing (louder and deeper than the buzz of a wasp)

Notes:

  • For Blow Flies, their buzzing pitches can range from being a tenor, to being a baritone, depending on the blow fly in question, and how big they are.
  • For Common and German Wasps, their buzzing pitch typically matches that of a baritone. Their buzzing is usually quite deep in comparison to the buzzing of house flies, blow flies, drone flies, and honey bees.
  • For Bumble Bees, their buzzing pitch can range from being a tenor, to being a bass, depending on the bumble bee in question, and how big they are. Their buzzing is usually louder and deeper than the buzzing of a wasp.


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