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Offline leominsterbeeman

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Strange Wasp
« on: August 15, 2007, 12:10:14 AM »
I've received a few emails from people  with pictures of wasps they can't identify.  I figure someone here could identify this wasp.    Anyone have a clue?  What's interesting is that a few people are noticing and with the intensity of CCD news from a few months ago reaching the general public, some people are actually scared about these wasps,  one person told me in her e-mail - she thinks it's an alien species.


Description is 1.25 - 1.5 inches in length  - large body with black and orange stripes. 

Picture included abolve

I need to get me an insect book for the northeast.

Offline MrILoveTheAnts

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Re: Strange Wasp
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2007, 12:19:18 AM »
Looks like a Urocerus which lays eggs in wood I believe. I think they are a predator of wood boarding grubs.
I don't think they're social either so the nest in the first picture is likely some other type of wasp or hornet. 

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Re: Strange Wasp
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2007, 02:00:40 AM »
Michael, holy shooomonga!!!!  Well, I have no clue what it is, but listen to Chris, maybe he is onto something.  I really do think that by looking at her that she is the queen of her colony, look at the length of her abdomen.  Good luck with ident.  Have a wonderful day, great life.  Cindi
There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold.  The Arctic trails have their secret tales that would make your blood run cold.  The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, but the queerest they ever did see, what the night on the marge of Lake Lebarge, I cremated Sam McGee.  Robert Service