Story: Wasps and bees

Museum specimens

Museum specimens

Wasps and bees in New Zealand range from large introduced bumblebees to tiny native wasps. These specimens are a small sample of the 2,000–3,000 species of wasps and bees found in New Zealand. In the front row (left to right) are three introduced honeybees, three species of bumblebee and a German wasp. Behind are seven native wasps.

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John Early, 'Wasps and bees - New Zealand’s wasps and bees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by John Early, published 24 Sep 2007