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    Default Anyone know anything about Wasps?

    I was at the garden center this afternoon when I ran across this monster.

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    This has to be one of the biggest wasps I have ever seen. Its body was heavy and thick. It's wings were very long and the body was very colorful. My cell phone camera didn't do this one justice.

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    Could this wasp be a queen? Not sure if they have a hierarchy like bees. Anyone know? Just wonder.
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    Default Re: Anyone know anything about Wasps?

    Not sure but looks like a hornet to me?
    All beekeepers can agree on one thing, and that one thing is, that all beekeepers can't agree on one thing.

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    Default Re: Anyone know anything about Wasps?

    Looks like a Japanese Hornet to me. They hurt when they sting.

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    Default Re: Anyone know anything about Wasps?

    bald faced hornet. fought them last year,but didnt get stung. they tried invading my hives.

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    Default Re: Anyone know anything about Wasps?

    lol japanese hornet.

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    Default Re: Anyone know anything about Wasps?

    OK, that Japaness Giant Hornet is just horrible. The Yak-Killer? And those picture of it crawling on a persons hand? No thanks. Can you image what that sounds like when it gets squished? Or the mess it makes on your windshield?
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    Default Re: Anyone know anything about Wasps?


    My vote is it's a German Wasp.
    We have these here in KY & they are something.
    They swoop in and grab workers from the entrance of the hive and carry them off.

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    Default Re: Anyone know anything about Wasps?

    we call them hornets....all I know is they feel like you got hit with a nail gun when they sting

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    Default Re: Anyone know anything about Wasps?

    Early in the season, it could be a queen and yes, she will be bigger than the average worker.

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    Default Re: Anyone know anything about Wasps?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChasWG View Post
    I was at the garden center this afternoon when I ran across this monster.

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    First off...Wonderful pictures

    Is is definitely a German yellow jacket, most likely Vespula germanica. Yes it is a foundress aka queen.

    I know lots of people here have a disdain for these wasps, but if you can step back a little, they're magnificent creatures in their own right.

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