Subject: Are these bees? Are they dangerous?
March 2, 2016 3:38 pm
I have two types of bees (?) in my back patio. One type is big in size and just starting a nest, very slowly (they seem to take forever, it has been the same size for weeks) and I only see like 4 or 5 of them (see picture 1).
The other type are much smaller but they have a much bigger nest (see picture 2).
My question is the ones you see on picture 1, are they dangerous? They look a bit scary.
Your first image depicts the construction of a Paper Wasp nest, most likely a member of the genus Polistes. Like other social wasps, they will defend the nest from an intruder or attacker by stinging, but they are not considered aggressive. We tried to search species from Guatemala, and we found this image on ABC Wildlife that appears to be the same as your species, but there is no name provided. Here is a similar nest from our own archives. Your other nest appears to be a Hornet Nest.