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Offline dommurph

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What is this Thing?
« on: August 14, 2007, 01:38:35 AM »
Hi there,

I found this gigantic thing dead in the parking lot where I work--its perfectly preserved with stinger and all.  It appears to bee either a carpenter bee or a wasp but I'm hoping yall are the experts on that.  A website I found online says that the largest bee in california only grows to 1 inch in length, but this thing is darned close to 2" long if fully extended.  Can anyone tell me more about this thing.  I find it to be incredible!

« Last Edit: August 14, 2007, 08:49:00 PM by Robo »

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Re: What is this Thing?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2007, 08:02:16 AM »
We need to see that photo!  :shock:  You can email it to a moderator, and they'll post it for you.  And update your profile with a location so you are no longer hopelessly lost!  :)

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Re: What is this Thing?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2007, 09:01:52 AM »
cicada killer?
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Re: What is this Thing?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2007, 02:12:59 PM »
cicada killer?
Are you channeling the picture?  :-D

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Re: What is this Thing?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2007, 04:37:36 PM »
Hi again:

The picture should be posted shortly.  I sent it to the moderator last night so it could be approved.  Hopefully you will all get to see it.

Thanks for replying,
Dominic

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Re: What is this Thing?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2007, 12:15:19 PM »
Nope, not channeling....just guessing based on "huge" and "wasp or bee" and the most commonly complained about huge wasps or bees in the US, no location given. :roll:

Try one of these on for size....I didn't see your location, but if southwest, I'd vote on the tarantula hawk....

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/wasps_2.html

Neat bug, that is for sure!!!
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Re: What is this Thing?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2007, 03:35:24 PM »
have no idea what so ever but...it sure is amazingly beautiful!!!!
looks like one of those things you see in sci-fi movies.

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Re: What is this Thing?
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2007, 07:03:42 PM »
I emailed the people at www.whatsthatbug.com and they responded with tarantula hawk. So it looks like Scadsobees is right. By the way the sting from this animal is so bad that one researcher described the pain as "...immediate, excruciating pain that simply shuts down one’s ability to do anything, except, perhaps, scream. Mental discipline simply does not work in these situations." It is listed near the top of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index.

tarantula hawk is called a Pepsis wasp on the list.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schmidt_Sting_Pain_Index

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Re: What is this Thing?
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2007, 03:40:48 PM »
If it's like being stung by a cowkiller, than pain doesn't describe what you experience.  I got it about two weeks ago by one of these buggers.

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/velvet_ants.html (you have to scroll down to the third or fourth photo (the wingless, red demonspawn ant looking thing.)

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