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  1. #1
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    Default Help Cow Killer Wasp

    Help I saw this alien, crazy looking bug at my apiary. It was so weird looking I had to look it up and I found what it is. A horrid creature called a cow killer. it is a wasp but looks like an ant ,and is said to have a sting strong enough to kill cattle. Well guess what they kill bees any suggestions??? I am going out right now and pouring what borax I have in the crevise I saw it crawl in. It was such a odd looking bug, pretty in fact that I was stunned enough not to be fast enough to squish it with my shoe.

    http://www.semiantics.com/?p=100

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    lol and you wount sqush it with your shoe they are tough enough to need a hammer to squish

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    John will it kill my bees? that thing was like an inch long. very intimidating

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    nope the adults feed on nector and such and lay their eggs on other ground dwelling wasps

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    It's also known as a Velvet ant.
    You will pick one up once.
    Ernie
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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    thank you john I was worried and everything on the internet was not making me feel better. the name alone LOL

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    Hi ernie,

    I doubt I will grab one Might attempt to capture one with a jar if I see another. They are very pretty. Now I feel bad for pouring all that borax down its home. Maybe it will live and control the yellow jackets

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    if you ever get stung by one you will never feel sorry for them again

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    It's home wouldn't happen to be about 3/8th inch vertical tunnel with a neat cone? Something's made a house near my driveway, where we washed my grandson's bike, and it isn't a fire ant mound. I miss the native ants of long ago, was kinda hoping for some of them. Whoever it is wasn't home when i knocked in a bit of dirt, or chose not to come out.
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsi View Post
    It's home wouldn't happen to be about 3/8th inch vertical tunnel with a neat cone?
    Yes, that's very possible. I've seem more of them this year than in the last ten years. Other than possibly stepping on one barefoot, I don't worry about them. And johnblagg is right, it takes a hammer or very persistent shoe or boot to dispatch them
    Jim

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    I've seen them off and on all my life. I've always left them alone, I've never been stung by one and they never caused any problems.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    Velvet ants or cow killer ants are prevalent in East Texas. I have never heard of anyone being stung by one. They are handsome creatures and do a job on yellow jackets. Nuff said.
    Last edited by lazy shooter; 09-07-2011 at 10:03 PM.

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    Those ants are prevalent in East Texas. My wife has many relatives there, and I have never heard of anyone being stung by a cow killer ant. They're handsome ants and do a job on yellow jackets. They are like our rattle snakes in that they somewhat scary but serve a useful purpose.

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    Pain wise, they are worse than a bumblebee if you have ever been stung by one of those.

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    Well my yellow jacket trap is failing - moved near the hive, still no yj's in it. No bees either. So if the cow killer is here and likes yellow jackets, go cow killer. I will have to watch where I step when barefoot. (mainly on those midnight runs to turn off a garden hose)
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    The cow ants dont seem to bother the bees but these guys here (robber fly) do a number on my bees.

    http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...oLu9rAl67riVB6

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    All my life I have run across those that were non-winged. But this is the first time I have seen winged Cow Killer Wasp. Being a first I captured one in a jar. It stung itself and died. It would rather die than be kept in a jar. Now I even leave them alone. When I was a young feller about ten years old, I learned never to pick up a large beautiful velvet, scarlet and black looking ant. I actually think I remember a flash of light in my eyes when it introduced it's power on me. LOL

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    Default Re: Help Cow Killer Wasp

    In the old days, when mowing with an open station tractor I was stung many times by a bumble bee. You move over their nest one pass and the next pass they come to see you. They are the most painful sting I have ever had. A scorpion sting hurts like hell for a short period of time, then it is gone. Those bumble bees will get your attention. and keep it.

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