Texas has optimal conditions (hot climate, abundant flowers and overhanging trees). Texan wasps are cicada killers, Mexican wasps, paper wasps, and yellow jackets. Contrast Texan wasps by color, their nests and whereabouts.

Location, location, location. Cicada killers inhabit flower beds, lawns and gardens.


Paper wasps are usually beneath eaves, small plants and in sheltered areas, whereas Mexican wasps regularly nest in bushes or hedges. Usually, yellow-jacket nests are underground albeit they do have lofty nests.


Determine a wasp’s size.

Cicada killers are noticeably bigger up to 1.5 inches long, yet paper wasps are up to an inch in length and yellow-jackets are half an inch long. Mexican wasps are smaller and mature up to half an inch long.


Check a wasp’s color. Cicada killers are rubiginous with black and yellow marks on their┬ástomach.

Mexican wasps are primarily black with a yellow tip on the end of their stomachs. Paper wasps have black wings that bend when stationary and are yellow or rufous marked.

Scrutinize wasp behavior. Normally, cicada killers are isolated and seen in swarms. Males resonantly fly but don’t sting yet females do sting. Mexican honey wasps survive in big droves and swiftly fly, commonly they capriciously attack. Paper wasps regularly assail in a swarm when their nest is perturbed. Yellow jackets are distinguishable by their aggressive nature and they unceasingly assail their victim.

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