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Bug ID. Is it a wasp?

Post  jjocsak on 9/25/2013, 8:27 am

They swarm about 1 foot above the ground in swarms of a couple dozen.
Sometimes they are seen around my tomatoes.
You can walk right through them and they do not sting.
They look like some form of Parasitic wasp.
Can anyone ID this for me?




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Post  camprn on 9/25/2013, 8:33 am

It certainly looks like a type of wasp. For identification try bugguide.net or your local County Extension Service.

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Post  bnoles on 9/25/2013, 8:48 am

http://bugguide.net/node/view/144358

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Re: Bug ID. Is it a wasp?

Post  jjocsak on 9/25/2013, 8:48 am

I tried bugguide.net but couldn't find it.

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Re: Bug ID. Is it a wasp?

Post  jjocsak on 9/25/2013, 8:50 am

@bnoles wrote:http://bugguide.net/node/view/144358
Wow that's it. How did you find that?

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Re: Bug ID. Is it a wasp?

Post  bnoles on 9/25/2013, 8:58 am

@jjocsak wrote:
@bnoles wrote:http://bugguide.net/node/view/144358
Wow that's it. How did you find that?

Jeff
Blind luck I guess Cool 

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Re: Bug ID. Is it a wasp?

Post  jjocsak on 9/25/2013, 9:28 am

So I guess to best way to search for something on Bugguide.net is to search through the pics?

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Re: Bug ID. Is it a wasp?

Post  Pollinator on 9/25/2013, 9:30 am

If you have a nesting site (and that's what your description sounds like), you are blessed indeed. I would protect that site with care. These wasps feed on Japanese beetle grubs, as well as other soil born grubs.
As you note, they are quite laid back and very unlikely to sting, if you stay calm.

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Re: Bug ID. Is it a wasp?

Post  camprn on 9/25/2013, 10:32 am

@jjocsak wrote:So I guess to best way to search for something on Bugguide.net  is to search through the pics?

Jeff
It is a good idea to know the basics of bug anatomy to start your search and hunt through photos by region. For example, you knew you had what you thought was a wasp, not a beetle nor a true bug.

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Post  Triciasgarden on 9/25/2013, 1:59 pm

Jeff those are great pictures you got!  This is such a good example of keeping a good balance of nature.  Some people might have thought a wasp and killed them all, not even knowing they were beneficial.

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Re: Bug ID. Is it a wasp?

Post  gregrenee88 on 9/27/2013, 4:49 pm

So that is what that is!! I've seen these around this past summer but couldn't figure out what they were. I figured some type of hornet. Are these things between 1"-2" long?

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Re: Bug ID. Is it a wasp?

Post  jjocsak on 9/27/2013, 5:47 pm

1"-1 1/4" but not 2".


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Post  mrwes40 on 9/28/2013, 7:35 am

I first thought do to the size it was a cicada killer wasp, but they have yellow bands.

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Post  gregrenee88 on 9/28/2013, 1:12 pm

@jjocsak wrote:1"-1 1/4" but not 2".


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Ok, that makes a little more sense. I've seen them in our yard before but we were at an amusement park back at the end of July, and in this one particular area there was a swarm of them. I've never seen a wasp quite that big before...yuck. They look wicked! Shocked 
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