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Old 08-15-2008, 08:47 AM
 
Location: West Central Ohio
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My sister called and told me of a large mound that appeared in my Mom and Dad's yard. She said she looked in it and that she saw a bug that was so ugly it would have won a prize at the ugly bug ball.

I wanted pictures and called my niece who I knew was there and could send one to my phone. She told me that Grandpa hit the big pile with a shovel and that it buzzed very loudly. He kept smacking the pile till the buzzing stopped.

What digs mounds and buzzes?

Now she says the mound looks like a cow patty.

They live in Southwest Ohio not far from Cincinnati
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:46 AM
 
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Don't know about the buzzing... but I know that land crayfish (true!!) are around here, and they make little burrows (look like big ant hills) and then come out and eat the bugs in your grass.

I guess if they were clicking their claws really fast it might sound like buzzing?

Plus they're large, and kind of scary looking if you're not used to crayfish.. (aka "ugly")..

Or.. could have been wasps or bees - different varieties of them are mud/dirt nesteres and would definitely buzz.

Good luck with the mystery!
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Old 08-15-2008, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Butler County
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Termites?

Hornets, yellow jackets etc?
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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Try to upload a photo if you get one. It would be interesting to see. If I had to guess, I'd say it was a bumble bee (those big black shiny bees), because they sometimes inhabit mounds that have been previously built by mice or other little critters. The only other insect that I could think of would be a cicada - which is a remote possibility, because there is also a bee called a "cicada killer", and perhaps the bug your sister mentioned captured one and took it back to its nest.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: West Central Ohio
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Try to upload a photo if you get one. It would be interesting to see. If I had to guess, I'd say it was a bumble bee (those big black shiny bees), because they sometimes inhabit mounds that have been previously built by mice or other little critters. The only other insect that I could think of would be a cicada - which is a remote possibility, because there is also a bee called a "cicada killer", and perhaps the bug your sister mentioned captured one and took it back to its nest.
I told my Dad no more smacking mounds that buzz. He is very very allergic to bee's. I told him something could have came up out of that mound and stung him. He agreed he might not live to get to the hospital.

He smashed this mound so flat he said it looked like a cow patty. I told him if it shows up again to call an exterminator and not to be smacking things he has no business hitting.
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Old 08-16-2008, 02:32 AM
 
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Actually, a bumble bee will leave you alone if you don't aggravate it. No need to call an exterminator. So if your dad sees anymore tell him to leave the mounds alone and he will be fine. If it's a cicada, they are totally harmless. However, if they become a problem for him...or if he would feel better getting rid of them (especially since he's allergic to them), then call someone to come take care of the problem.
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