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#5834725 - 07/16/15 03:12 PM Need Help with Bug ID with only description
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Registered: 12/09/09
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Sorry guys but I have no pic. I need your help. What is the large flying, stinging insect that has an abdomen in excess of 1 inch, about as big around as your index finger.......wings appear brownish, but abdomen in black and yellow striped. I have always called them hornets, but can't find them anywhere on-line. My wife described seeing 10-12 of these together yesterday (which sounded odd because I've always just seen solitary ones), but when I went to show a picture to her to verify what she saw, I came up empty.

You guys know everything else in the world, so what say ye????

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#5834755 - 07/16/15 03:29 PM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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Registered: 04/13/11
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It's a cicada killer.
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#5834761 - 07/16/15 03:32 PM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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Registered: 12/12/10
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Loc: Austin, Texas
Cicada Killer, Cicada Hawk, Specius speciosus. a large digger wasp species
Cicada killer wasps emerge from the ground in early summer. They feed on flower nectar and search for mates. After they mate, the females dig a burrow 1-4 feet into the ground, piling up dirt at the entrance to the ground. The burrows are quite visible in lawns, and many lawn-farmers usually don't appreciate the mini-mole-hills. They wasps actually prefer bare soil, since it's easier to dig through. Males cruise around the entrance to the burrow, protecting the burrow from enemies and other males. Their buzz is definitely bigger than their bite because males can't sting. Still, they can and do fight fiercely in mid-air, careening around in wrestling-holds with their competitors.

After digging a burrow, the females go on the hunt. They search for cicadas - but not to eat. When a female finds a cicada, she stings her prey, paralyzing it but not killing it. Then the female begins the gargantuan task of hauling the cicada, which can be three times her weight, back into her burrow where she will lay an egg on it and seal it into a chamber. The egg hatches into a larva which then slowly eats the cicada until the cicada is a shrunken shell and the larva is huge. Females will make several chambers in each burrow - each of her children gets its own room. The kiddies overwinter as larvae to emerge next year.
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#5834764 - 07/16/15 03:32 PM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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#5834768 - 07/16/15 03:33 PM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
Rob M Offline
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Registered: 04/13/11
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I'd say this is why she saw so many together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7hKZEt81uE
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#5834770 - 07/16/15 03:35 PM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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Registered: 12/09/09
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THF never lets a brother down! Thanks for the prompt and accurate ID!

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#5835285 - 07/16/15 08:10 PM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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The amount of knowledge on here never ceases to amaze me

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#5835649 - 07/17/15 06:57 AM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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I've seen the Cicada Killers at work around my house.
Impressive when one takes down a Cicada.
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#5835704 - 07/17/15 07:47 AM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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Registered: 06/15/09
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Loc: Huntsville, AL
They burrow in the ground and love to nest around leafy garden plants like squash. Harmless to humans, unless you pick one up. It will deliver a nasty sting if you do. I've had them buzz me on numerous occasions while mowing the grass. But never had one sting me (until I picked on up).
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#5837014 - 07/18/15 06:35 AM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: Fat Tire]
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Originally Posted By: Fat Tire




Bad Mother Fatrina right there eeks333
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#5837113 - 07/18/15 09:01 AM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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I have been stung by one, you don't want to go there I promise eeks333 Never had any creature inflict that much pain.
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#5838761 - 07/19/15 05:55 PM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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They seem to be a little late this year. Didn't see my first one here in the DFW area until late last week. Now I am seeing them everywhere.
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#5838888 - 07/19/15 07:44 PM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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Registered: 10/29/09
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They will rarely sting but can be aggressive. Never seen more than together though. You sure it wasn't a ground hornet an not a cicada killer?
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#5838971 - 07/19/15 09:06 PM Re: Need Help with Bug ID with only description [Re: 82Ag]
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If you are close to a nesting area they can appear to be in swarms even though they really don't swarm or nest like normal wasp type critters. One year we had tons of them digging nests under our deck and it looked like they were swarming even though we were just sitting on top of prime nesting real estate.
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