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Was working my hives this afternoon and a huge black wasp with bright red/orange wings landed on my glove hand. I smacked it hard with the other glove. Got part of it but it just flew away lickety split. That was one big, mondo wasp.

Anyone know what kind of wasp it was?
 

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Only thing that comes to mind would be a Cicada Killer. Though they are not solid black, but they are huge!



You may try www.bugguide.net pretty good site for I.D's
 

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No, that's not it. This wasp was pretty big, 2-3 times the size of a yellow jacket. Pitch black in color and had bright, bright orange/red wings.

bugguide.net/node/view/58504/bgimage

This is exactly what I saw. I hope the image comes through.

 

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that's a big wasp. but not as big as this one.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_giant_hornet

A few of these can exterminate an entire hive of European bees in a few hours.

My father recently caught one in a butterfly net, but it escaped through a hole in the net. He should be thankful he didn't get stung, because if I had seen it escape, I would have headed for the hills.
 

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It’s an old thread. But I bet that is what Ross in East TX saw one day. He said it looked like bumble bees were attacking his hive but they weren’t bumbles.
 
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