...not! They like a tasty chunk of meat.
I found this Eastern Yellowjacket feasting on the corpse of a bee on the nailboard at the front of one of my hives:
Awesome, no? The lengths I go to in order to bring you great bug macros! When I took this shot, I was crouched down on the ground about ten inches from the hive entrance with bees flying over my head, the camera lens about two inches from the wasp. I have no fear. Or maybe no common sense!
This bee had no head left on it and looked like it had been dead for awhile; the wasp was scavenging. What I find interesting about the above picture is that you can really see the glands on the belly through which the bees extrude wax. Here's a great pic of that happening.
I have nailboards (boards with nails sticking up from them, thanks to Gordon and his nail gun!) in front of each of my hives as a skunk deterrent. Supposedly skunks won't stand on the nailboard, thus preventing them from eating your bees. Skunks love tasty bugs and will tap on a hive at night , then wait for bees to come out to investigate. When my little honeybees emerge, the skunk chows down on them. More tapping, more snacking, until Skunky's tummy is full.
You can lose a fair number of honeybees this way, and it make the hive VERY cranky. A poor unsuspecting beekeepers opens a hive the day after a skunk visitation and wham, sting-o-rama.
I haven't had skunk issues yet, but not everyone thinks the nailboards work, so it may just be luck! Or maybe my skunks aren't as determined as some other skunks.
I know people hate wasps and hornets even more than they hate bees, but I find them utterly fascinating. I also know that, unlike honeybees, they can sting repeatedly and are aggressive, so I am careful when observing them. I think this worker wasp's yellow and black colouration is really stunning.
Enjoy the weekend!
Addendum: Hmmm... upon further reflection, I think that's a drone corpse, and they don't make wax. but the underbelly of a worker bees looks pretty similar, so you get the idea!