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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: What is this BUG???

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Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 8, 2003
10:05 PM

Post #608879

I guess this is some sort of bee relative but it sure is nasty looking. I guess it is about 2 inches long with a wing span at least that. It has one big stinger thing hanging off it's rear. Oh, that is a 2x4 it is laying on. So what the heck is it??

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frogsrus
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 8, 2003
10:54 PM

Post #608903

Yoiks! It's nasty, that's what it is! lol It looks like a yellow jacket gone gorilla. Please keep it on your end of the pool. I have enough trouble with wasps trying to make their nests under the stepping stones in the veggie garden. I tromp around in bare feet so... I keep watering mama wasp and hope she moves on so I dont havve to do something more drastic. The neighbors have a nice yard. Hehe

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PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 8, 2003
11:50 PM

Post #608969

Maybe a Paperwasp?? http://www.terminix.com/Pest/Library/Identify/index.cfm?fuseaction=category&pestCategory=Stinging&pestID=57 appears to be similar to yellowjacket, but the head is different. Both have the Victorian waist, but the wasp has a much tighter corset.
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

August 9, 2003
1:54 AM

Post #609110

Maybe a Mud Dauber?
http://entowww.tamu.edu/extension/youth/bug/bug155.html
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

August 9, 2003
2:51 AM

Post #609178

We call them "cicada killers" or Japanese Hornets
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2003
3:01 AM

Post #609186

looks like some kind of hornet to me too Susie.
Don't put yer finger on it!
mark
Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

August 9, 2003
4:03 PM

Post #609665

It could be a wood wasp that bores a tiny hole in wood and lays it's egg on a beetle grub inside
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2003
6:55 PM

Post #609838

could this be what it is?
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=www.loven.plus.com/nicksspiders/insects/waspmunch.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.loven.plus.com/nicksspiders/insects/hymenoptera.htm&h=240&w=320&prev=/images?q=insects%2Bwood+bees&svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 10, 2003
1:21 AM

Post #610174

Thanks a lot for all your good guesses! Sorry I have not been back. It's been a busy few days. None of these pictures are right though. I went out to get another pic or two and my dc batteries bit the dust. You can see the design on his last segment. It is mirror image on the other side. It has no stripes, just those two yellow blobs on each side. The middle segment has reddish hairs as does it's legs.
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

August 10, 2003
2:20 AM

Post #610223

Still looks like a Mud Dauber to me, Badseed. Here is another picture of one: http://eny3005.ifas.ufl.edu/lab1/Hymenoptera/Sphecid.htm
And thanks for not spelling "a lot" as "allot" or "alot" as everybody else seems to do nowadays.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 10, 2003
1:21 PM

Post #610529

Thanks Ulrich! The second picture does look more like it. The first picture with the long skinny, pole like middle threw me. It's body definately has three segments, one being the head. Giggle about the spelling-a subject I excelled in. My favorite is huge spelled hugh. :) My biggest typo is leaving the r off the end of your.
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2003
2:07 PM

Post #610588

Should have put a link with my reply above. Here is what a "cicada killer" looks like http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/O&T/lawn/note63/note63.html
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 10, 2003
4:17 PM

Post #610679

You guys nailed it. That is what I have. :)
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 10, 2003
7:41 PM

Post #610905

seed; still...don't put yer finger on it! ;~)
Geoforce
Landenberg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 11, 2003
4:29 PM

Post #611906

There are three kind of these giant wasps up here in PA. Yours, a solid red one, and a black and silver one. All are ground dwellers and it's a funny sight to sit near their holes in cicada season and watch them fly in with one held under their abdomen. Looks like they couldn't even get the things off the ground, but the manage to bring in cicadas by the dozens

George
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2003
5:38 PM

Post #611960

Hey George, you got me wonderin...when is the next big cicada invasion spost ta hit? Ain't that those critters that are dormant for a spell and then there's a population explosion of em?
gardening101usa
Burlington, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2003
4:12 AM

Post #613578

It's a Yellow Jacket
http://www.yahooligans.com/content/animals/photo/9809.html
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2003
7:07 AM

Post #613704

Thanks for your reply g101. If you go back up and look at the links from Ulrich and Cala, the critter there is what I have. Nasty little bugger. Nice to see you again.
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 13, 2003
5:09 PM

Post #614185

seed; again...don't put yer finger on it! ;~)
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2003
5:33 PM

Post #614214

I only handle it with little sticks. LOL
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 13, 2003
7:31 PM

Post #614350

How little?? It can still fly atchee!! Be careful!

I'm allergic to bee stings, ain't that sumpin? Me, allergic to bee stings, a Master Gardener who spends practically 6 or 7 hours a day in the garden!!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2003
7:56 PM

Post #614373

Honey, you do realize it is deader then dead don't ya??? LOL I found it dead on the deck! ROTFLOL It still has it's mighty big stinger though. :) I guess I should give it a proper burial in the circular file.
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 13, 2003
11:50 PM

Post #614577

Sweetheart...a dead bee is still capable of one powerful last attempt to seek out revenge! So, be careful when you put it in the circular file and...don't put yer finger on it! ;~)
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2003
11:51 PM

Post #614580

LOL You are too much!
gardening101usa
Burlington, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2003
12:07 AM

Post #614613

You all would have laughed hard at me yesturday as I am also very alergic to Bees. One dived at me and twice tried to light upon my neck. I have not run so hard waving my arms about in over 30 years, my girl kept yellin your ticking it off waving at it, I yelled back well I'm not saying Hi to it Honey.
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2003
1:09 AM

Post #614705

g101usa; I know that feelin very well! LOL! ;~)

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