To get a bit technical, wasps are insects in the hymenoptera order and the apocrita sub-order. Wasps are often mistaken for bees and confused with other stinging insects. It’s not uncommon to get bees, hornets, and wasps confused. They’re all capable of stinging and frequently come with black and yellow markings. Wasps have narrow waists, smooth skin, and four wings. Hornets are a subset of wasp with slightly larger waists but similar skin and wings. Bees tend to be fuzzy, round, and are smaller in general.