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#1 LilysDad OFFLINE  

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Posted September 11, 2013 - 06:17 PM

I found this outside, dead. Pretty scary looking, but I read they seldom sting and they don't live in colonies. I have noticed a number of these this year and other wasps. Maybe it's the dry weather we've had. The Cicada Killer is named for their habit of stinging Cicadas to paralyse them and then picking it up and flying to a burrow where they lay eggs on it and bury.

 

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Posted September 11, 2013 - 06:30 PM

If one of them showed up close to me, he'd be dead for sure!



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Posted September 11, 2013 - 06:52 PM

I see them quite often in the shop.  They don't live to long.



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Posted September 11, 2013 - 06:56 PM

This year our wood borer problem got bigger, physically.
Some of them got this big... Almost Enough to make a guy soil himself when they surprise ya.

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Posted September 11, 2013 - 07:56 PM

The live ones I've seen were zig-zaging low across open lawns.



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Posted September 11, 2013 - 08:45 PM

Might be time to install some AA guns



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Posted September 11, 2013 - 10:26 PM

Maybe you'll think we're crazy, but we don't mind wasps, yellow jackets, hornets etc. They kill countless flies and other pests, and once you find their nests and leave them alone, they seldom bother a person. That said, if they get in the truck and want a ride I will get rid of them the fastest way possible, and if that means a swift smack , so be it.


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Posted September 12, 2013 - 07:02 AM

I was at a big fall festival where they sold these big cinnamon rolls. While I was eating mine, a yellow jacket landed on it. So, I'm eating on my side he's eating on his, and my wife is keeping her distance.


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Posted September 12, 2013 - 07:28 AM

They're not aggressive to humans and very rarely sting, I think maybe the females are the only ones with a stinger inside. they are definitely a good one to have around.


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Posted September 12, 2013 - 07:57 AM

Maybe you'll think we're crazy, but we don't mind wasps, yellow jackets, hornets etc. They kill countless flies and other pests, and once you find their nests and leave them alone, they seldom bother a person. That said, if they get in the truck and want a ride I will get rid of them the fastest way possible, and if that means a swift smack , so be it.

 

That is the way I feel about spiders... except for brown recluses in the house!!!



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Posted September 12, 2013 - 10:11 AM

I've always been fascinated by those garden spiders, the big black, white and yellow ones.


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Posted September 13, 2013 - 12:04 AM

Here ya go...

http://www.moabtimes...hree_leftcolumn

 It's the ol'  "Wasp In My Food" trick.  Dang, why didn't I think of that!



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Posted September 13, 2013 - 12:25 AM

Here ya go...

http://www.moabtimes...hree_leftcolumn

 It's the ol'  "Wasp In My Food" trick.  Dang, why didn't I think of that!

That really messed up his mustache.



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Posted September 13, 2013 - 07:57 AM

It's kind of late for cicada killer wasps.  They're usually done by the end of July.

I have a bunch that burrow into the bank beside my garage.  As everyone mentioned they're not aggressive but they sure freak out my wife.



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Posted September 14, 2013 - 12:24 AM

It's kind of late for cicada killer wasps.  They're usually done by the end of July.

I have a bunch that burrow into the bank beside my garage.  As everyone mentioned they're not aggressive but they sure freak out my wife.

 

Puts 'em right into that "beneficial insect" catagory, don't it!:D


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