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Hornets

Postby Bestoutwest » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:48 am

This year has been pretty good for hornets so far. I've found one nest on the cattle trailer and one nest in the irrigation pump. Other than that, I haven't seen the same number of nests as I have in the past. It has me kind of worried b/c knowing how the world works next year will be worse.
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Postby Nesikep » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:03 am

I don't mind the real hornets.. I LOATHE the yellow jackets though.. 2 days ago I was driving with my window down and one somehow managed to fly in, hit me on the side of the face and sting me right by my eye.. hurt like &*ll, felt it all down my face and jaw.. I have long ago declared all-out war on them. They are just pesky, never take the hint, always around your food, etc.
Hornets leave if you shoo them off, and we've even had one that was a "pet"... it would take dead flies you swatter from your fingers and go eat them in a tree.. it would wait for you to swat them.

Here's the biggest member of the wasp family I've ever seen.. some kind of "Horse guardian"
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Postby TexasBred » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:39 am

Caustic Burno wrote:Looks like a digger wasp.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphecius_speciosus

We've had dozens of those big rascals hovering around for weeks waiting for the opportunity to catch a cicada and put it in those holes. Some look like they might be 2 inches long.
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Re: Hornets

Postby Bestoutwest » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:32 pm

We had a large red hornet in the pool a few weeks ago. I didn't see if he was friendly, just got rid of him. But he must have been twice the size of a regular hornet. Nesi, your story is hilarious!
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Postby Nesikep » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:05 pm

It bloody well sucked!

Here's the Horse guard wasp.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_guard_wasp
The digger wasp is similar too, but not quite it.. I've only ever seen one of them, it was half drowned in the grass under the irrigation line.

We have TONS of digging wasps here of all kinds, mostly spider wasps, etc.. Have a couple videos of them, they are incredibly strong, and make ants look like disorganized, weak buffoons

Here's one just on a log, I don't think I've ever seen one with the white on it before
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_wJKJcMnWI

And here's one that was digging outside our shop.. the dirt just flies, moves the equivalent of boulders with ease.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fux6CP39KVc

Then some colorful ones as well.. incredible metallic colors.. I've seen them in bright green as well
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Postby ALACOWMAN » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:30 pm

We got a ton of these Guinea wasp this year..makes a red wasp look like a saint....https://www.google.com/search?client=sa ... RSFa40T1qM:
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Postby Caustic Burno » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:35 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:We got a ton of these Guinea wasp this year..makes a red wasp look like a saint....https://www.google.com/search?client=sa ... RSFa40T1qM:


One doesn't get mad the whole bunch does.
Only thing worse IMO is yellow jackets
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Postby Nesikep » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:46 pm

I've seen a couple of them around here, but they're a rarity.. yellowjackets are *everywhere*
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Postby ALACOWMAN » Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:40 pm

If you seen a couple, get ready for the others in the future... They'll have decendants
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Postby Bestoutwest » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:13 pm

Nesikep wrote:It bloody well sucked!

Here's the Horse guard wasp.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_guard_wasp
The digger wasp is similar too, but not quite it.. I've only ever seen one of them, it was half drowned in the grass under the irrigation line.

We have TONS of digging wasps here of all kinds, mostly spider wasps, etc.. Have a couple videos of them, they are incredibly strong, and make ants look like disorganized, weak buffoons

Here's one just on a log, I don't think I've ever seen one with the white on it before
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_wJKJcMnWI

And here's one that was digging outside our shop.. the dirt just flies, moves the equivalent of boulders with ease.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fux6CP39KVc

Then some colorful ones as well.. incredible metallic colors.. I've seen them in bright green as well
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I meant the one you've "trained." I really like stuff like that. We had a sparrow that my wife and son tried to keep around by feeding, but thankfully that didn't work out. He kept making a lot of noise and bumping into the windows. We have a nesting pair of Swenson's Hawks that come back every year that are just amazing to watch. We could really do without the returning gophers, mice, hornets and goatheads, though.
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Re: Hornets

Postby Nesikep » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:21 pm

We have our resident Ravens, they're hilarious.. and a couple woodpeckers (Northern Flickers).. of which we had a couple of pets as well
Here's one of them picking out the tasty bits of our salad.. the feta cheese and boiled egg was his favourite


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