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Old 07-14-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: LawnGuyLind, NY / Sarasota, FL
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Default Wasps?

Took the dog for a walk this AM to her usual "spot" behind our apartment, but could not get near it because there was a swarm of what looked like wasps - must have been hundreds, if not thousands, of them. They were not there yesterday. I went back a few hours later to try to take pictures, and it was difficult, but I manged to get a few shots that sort of show what they looked like. Posting here - hoping someone here can identify them & has information about them - will they be gone tomorrow or soon, or do we need to find a new place for my pup to do her business?





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Old 07-14-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Smithtown, NY
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Maybe a cicada killer wasp. Very large and dig holes in the ground as their nests. You would see numerous piles of dirt in the area.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:47 AM
 
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looks like chicada killers. They are worse looking then they actually are. There stings arent bad and it takes a lot to actually get them to sting you.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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Makes sense since the cicada's are back this year. It looks like these wasps live off cicada's almost exclusively..they kill them and then bring them into their nests like coupon hoarders.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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Gee, considering some of the recent threads on this forum, from the title of this thread I thought you were looking for a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant community.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:33 AM
 
Location: LawnGuyLind, NY / Sarasota, FL
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Thanks.
Makes sense. Actually, now that you mention it, I recall a few years ago photographing one at Planting Fields, and wondering what it was. I had mentioned that it looked sort of like a Cicada, but was definitely a wasp.

Even if the sting is "not bad", I'm afraid that if my dog decides to walk thru the area & do her business right on a nest, she may get stung. And at 11 lbs, I think any little sting would hurt. And the way they were swarming today, I'm afraid even walking near might get them caught in my clothing or something like that, leading to getting stung.

@Walter - I am sure these wasps were illegals, but I didn't ask for ID.
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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@Walter - I am sure these wasps were illegals, but I didn't ask for ID.
Darn Canadians!
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Nassau/Queens border
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Yep that's what they are: Cicada Killer Wasps | University of Kentucky Entomology

I think they're kind of cool looking (but then I've always been interested in entomology).
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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An even better viewpoint: Prof. Chuck Holliday's www page at Lafayette College Biology of cicada killer wasps
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Nassau/Queens border
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Thanks.
Makes sense. Actually, now that you mention it, I recall a few years ago photographing one at Planting Fields, and wondering what it was. I had mentioned that it looked sort of like a Cicada, but was definitely a wasp.

Even if the sting is "not bad", I'm afraid that if my dog decides to walk thru the area & do her business right on a nest, she may get stung. And at 11 lbs, I think any little sting would hurt. And the way they were swarming today, I'm afraid even walking near might get them caught in my clothing or something like that, leading to getting stung.

@Walter - I am sure these wasps were illegals, but I didn't ask for ID.
Apparently the males don't actually sting. See links above.
And they apparently aren't very aggressive.
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