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Old 06-11-2010, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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We have tarantula hawks in AZ, but I'm not sure if they are found in NC. They can live anywhere tarantulas are found and while their sting is painful, they aren't usually agressive. I still run at the sight of them.
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I could be any kind of bug since it was dark, or were you able to get a good look at it? BTW, you were probably by a nest and it felt threatened.
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:46 PM
 
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Wow, thanks for all the comments!

The first day we were chased, we were close to our house and the second time we were over a mile from our house. It was chasing both of us and the dog... but really, I think it was mostly after my blood

It's the same route we take everyday so it was really strange. The only thing I can think is that I was wearing perfume these last two times and on one website, it said that certain soaps and perfumes can cause a reaction to hornets and wasps to ATTACK. A comforting thought

It was dusk both times.

I've seen those brown wasps before. They were everywhere inside our house when they were building it. They did not chase or attack at all... they were mostly wandering around and ignored us.

The thing that landed on me had a wider body than the brown wasp and it was all black. When it was landed, wings spread out, it was a little bigger than a silver dollar. The hornet is a likely character, but I've also seen pictures of the great black wasp that looks sort of like what got me.

I LOVE The badminton racket idea. BUT, I read that if they are close to the hive and get hurt, they can call their buddies. "Get those two with the big yellow dog!".

I wasn't going to walk today because I was freaked out, but maybe... if I wear long sleeves, long pants, goggles, a hat and carry a badminton racket, I'll give it a shot

I still cannot get over how those things hunted us down! Running uphill, middle of the street for 4 blocks, screaming, in a zig-zag pattern in 80 degrees/high humidity... must have looked hilarious.
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:49 PM
 
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it sort of looked like this (great black wasp):


or this (black hornet):


I guess just let it be a warning to all... RUN!
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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I've decided mine was a hornet that chased me. I got the courage and went to the same area of my yard where I thought it was yesterday and sure enough I heard this loud buzzing (the nest I think) and then that darn thing came out and chased me again. If anything I am sure giving my neighbors some summer giggles watching me run all over the yard like a crazy woman
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I call those things "bugs".
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:48 PM
 
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I've seen "bugs" before, we used to kill Jerusalem Crickets all the time while in California (size of mice, squish like peanut butter)... but these were like little fighter pilots that would not give up.

There's "ewww!" and then there's "run for your life!"

hehe.

kwalk... I'm sure your neighbors are enjoying the show Who wouldn't be running from an angry flying venom-filled needle ? You should give them the gift of a large bottle of benadryl capsules and spray and a epinephrine shot, just in case they need it

If you are highly allergic to bee stings (I'm in the middle of the road) this stuff can be scary!!

And yes... just plain gross.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Not much scares me, I was a mobile home owner for 30 yrs., had to get underneath periodically, (think damp, dark and big spiders) but those photos are creepy! I'd be running, too!
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:14 AM
 
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I've seen "bugs" before, we used to kill Jerusalem Crickets all the time while in California (size of mice, squish like peanut butter)... but these were like little fighter pilots that would not give up.
Perfect description - they are "little fighter pilots". I had one chase me again this morning while I was out in my yard gardening. I'm thinking I'll soon need one of those bee keeper suits in order to go outside! That will give my neighbors something to laugh about!

I'm from California too, maybe they just chase us California transplants?
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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Perfect description - they are "little fighter pilots". I had one chase me again this morning while I was out in my yard gardening. I'm thinking I'll soon need one of those bee keeper suits in order to go outside! That will give my neighbors something to laugh about!

I'm from California too, maybe they just chase us California transplants?
I was thinking the bee keeper get-ups, too! hehehe! I bet if we buy two, we'll get a discount. I don't mind being the summer entertainment for our neighbors.

Living in LA, all we really worried about was earthquakes and gang violence... but really, these bugs are so much worse! hehe. The least these guys could do is wear a blue or red bandanna so I know where they are from & who they represent... just sayin'.



Electrified fly swatter... I'm getting one. (The customer reviews are FUNNY)
Amazon.com: Charcoal Companion Amazing Bug Zapper: Home & Garden
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