Miner bees are smaller and slimmer than honey bees and generally appear early in the year. Frequently living in dry soil, they seem to appear at the same time, sometimes in large numbers. They then disappear just as quickly as they arrived.
Hornets are not numerous in this country. They are in the order of 4 times as large as wasps with similar physical characteristics. They appear a little darker in colour, but again are not aggressive unless interfered with. Nests are similar to wasps’ nests, made of papier mache like material. Left alone, they are not a nuisance. If they prove to be, call your District Council. Beekeepers will not be able to help, other than to confirm identification.
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Chart to quickly show difference between Honey Bees, Bumblebees Wasps and Hornets. click here
How to identify the Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina). click here