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New Bee
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« on: April 02, 2007, 11:24:36 AM »

Last summer, we found three dead queen wasps and many more live ones, which is unusual, because we have never seen them in the past summers. They were about an inch long, and it looks like they have two stingers. One "stinger" is about a centimeter long. Does anyone else have problems with these wasps? If they come back again this summer, will they affect my hive at all? I would post pictures, but not enough posts yet. Cry

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Michael Bush
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007, 08:50:20 PM »

The "two stingers" are probably a stinger and an ovipositor.

Wasps have never bothered my hives much.  Hornets and yellow jackets are more likely to cause problems than wasps.

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007, 10:53:12 PM »

I had red wasps and bald-faced hornets (I think that's what they were) last year.  The bees didn't let them in, however, and often did battle with them until death.

Here's the hornet:

And here's the wasp:

A strong hive usually takes care of unwanted visitors such as wasps, yellow jackets, carpenter bees.

Linda T in Atlanta
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007, 09:59:56 AM »

Linda, by the way, I love your site.  I love that you have taken so much time to do so much work on it and it astounds me.  Keep on truckin' girl.  Best of the grand day.  Cindi

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