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What hurts worse, a yellow jacket, bumble bee, or wasp?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: The yellow jacket is

A wasp (not a bee).
The bumblebee ; the yellow jacket both lack barbs on their stingers - so they can sting repeatedly. One difference is that the yellow jacket is very aggressive. A bumblebee usually only stings if you harm it or if it is protecting it's nest. The yellow jacket can both sting and bite ! when the female yellow jacket strikes, it releases a pheromone that signals other yellow.

In brief: The yellow jacket is

A wasp (not a bee).
The bumblebee ; the yellow jacket both lack barbs on their stingers - so they can sting repeatedly. One difference is that the yellow jacket is very aggressive. A bumblebee usually only stings if you harm it or if it is protecting it's nest. The yellow jacket can both sting and bite ! when the female yellow jacket strikes, it releases a pheromone that signals other yellow.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
jackets to sting at the same time. Having lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains & being familiar with both - I will take bumblebees over yellow jackets any day of the week.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: About the same

All three hurt, who cares which may hurt more.

In brief: About the same

All three hurt, who cares which may hurt more.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: All hurt

There is no distinction among these stinging insects as to which one hurts worse.

In brief: All hurt

There is no distinction among these stinging insects as to which one hurts worse.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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