Appearance:Most species of concern to man have yellow and black coloring; 7/16 to 5/8 inch long; appear to have hairy bodies.
Habits:Colonies of 20,000 to 80,000 members. Will leave humans alone unless provoked.
Diet:Nectar and pollen.
Reproduction: Only one egg-laying queen in a hive;queen may live as long as five years and lay as many as 1,500 to 2,000 eggs per day worker females protect eggs and the young; drones’ only duty is to mate with queen, after which they die.
Other Information:Stings can be painful, but are harmless to most people; however, dangerous allergic reactions can occur.
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