They're baaaack...

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  1. ripple

    ripple To keep fresh, keep capped & cold. Silver Supporting Member

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    I hate these assh*les with a passion, and thought we'd gotten rid of them last year after my epic Man vs. Bee offensive, but alas they must've saved the Queen and moved on to another unfortunate tree back in our woods.

    Anyway, I was out with the dog last night and came back to find this little fella buzzin' round the porchlight.

    Crunched like he was wearing a balsa wood suit once I got the welding glove out, though. Toughest bees I've ever had the displeasure of dealing with.

    Looks like I gotta go nuclear this year...
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    And for scale, here's a Dunlop Tortex .88 posing alongside:
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  2. Silverburst11

    Silverburst11 Member

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    Please allow me to be the first to say "Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!"
     
  3. Hefalump

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    Hornet, not Bee.

    That is small compared to a few I have run into ( but still big enough to make most people run screaming like a schoolgirl).
     
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  4. CRAIG4FSU

    CRAIG4FSU Whatever... Silver Supporting Member

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    I feel your pain. We've got the Blackhawk size bumble bees and wasps in a bush out front. I've got the wife yelling in one ear about bumble bees being endangered and don't hurt them while trying to swat them away from my lazy cat.

    They mind their business for the most part but get riled up by the mower, etc.
     
  5. armadillo66

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    yellowjacket, usually like ground burrow but will build a huge nest anywhere they can. Hate them with a passion, recommend a scorched earth tactic and consider nuking them from orbit, the only way to be sure
     
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    I usually get a wasp's nest around the house once or twice a year. Wait until dark and spray it down. All gone.
     
  7. ACfixer

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    Those little things sure can pack a wallop for something so small.
     
  8. Tom CT

    Tom CT Old Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Judging by the size, that may be a Cicada Killer, which is a very docile member of the hornet/wasp family. They look terrifying, but aren't aggressive, and their sting (which humans rarely experience) is far less painful than a yellow jacket, wasp or other hornet.

    Edit: After looking at the coloring, I believe zenmindbegginer's post below is correct. A European hornet matches the OP's images.
     
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  9. vltjd

    vltjd Supporting Member

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    Watch out if you get stung by a yellow jacket. They inject pheromones that make you attractive to other yellow jackets. Lasts ten days. Don't ask how I know.
     
  10. Wrmbrnr

    Wrmbrnr Gold Supporting Member

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    At least they are not Japanese Giant Hornets. An invasive species that we ran into when we lived in Atlanta.

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    Here is one, compared to a regular honey bee:
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    Here is a picture of what their sting does to human flesh:
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  11. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    I didn't realize those were in the US now. Yikes!
     
  12. zenmindbeginner

    zenmindbeginner Silver Supporting Member

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    It's not a yellowjacket because it's got a lot of hair... it's a European hornet.

    Yellowjackets aren't attracted to light and the European hornet is.

    They are endangered because people confuse them with wasps and yellowjackets. You would have been fined up to 50,000 euros for destroying a European Hornet nest in Germany.

    They are voracious carnivores and eat a LOT of pests.
     

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