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Cicada killer wasps have arrived. Don't confuse them for murder hornets.

 
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Cicada killer wasps have arrived. Don't confuse them for murder hornets.
We get these, I am normally tolerant of all the bugs here in the boonies EXCEPT these. Big nasty creepy things. But the worst part is how they fly- VERY menacing. Do. Not. Like.
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The name is fitting. Females are large, measuring up to an inch and a half in length, and they prey exclusively upon cicadas, which they find, grapple with, and inject with venom. This paralyzes the cicada, which the wasps then carry back in flight to their subterranean lairs. Since mid-July, cicada killers have been emerging from their underground burrows and buzzing around people’s yards.

Cicada killers go after the more dependable seasonal cicadas, not the periodical species, such as Brood X, which descended upon the eastern U.S. in May. Though there are four species of cicada killer in North America, all of them are similar in appearance and behavior.
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"Despite their large size and bright yellow and brown coloring, cicada killers are harmless to humans—they’re “gentle giants of the wasp world,” Schmidt says. Male cicada killers don’t sting unlike Asian giant hornets, female cicada killers avoid people and rarely deploy their stingers. You’d actually have to handle them to ever be in danger"
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Thank you. Any updates on the murder hornets in the NW?

A strong reminder, if a child gets stung by a murder hornet get them to the Emergency room ASAP. The pain is unbearable and keeps getting worse for hours and it is not relieved by average pain treatments or medicines. If an adult gets stung, a lot of booze helps and soaking it in a hot bath. There are not words to describe the pain that you will never forget, worse than you can imagine.
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I'm wondering if these and some of the duper fast crawling ticks didn't escape from labs?? Wink wink!!
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Those murder hornets have killed 2of my niece's bee hives in Texas
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I just killed one of these in my drive-way last week.
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Not sure this is the same wasp you are talking about but...

"The velvet ant has multiple defensive strategies, but is best known for its extremely painful sting, earning it the nickname of "cow killer". Its defenses include a thickened exoskeleton, the ability to run fast and evasively, warning coloration, stridulatory warning sounds, a chemical secretion, and venom"
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Stridulation is the act of producing sound by rubbing together certain body parts. This behavior is mostly associated with insects... and this ant calls for recruits when it's in danger. That's fucking amazing.
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I just killed one of these in my drive-way last week.
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Interesting- I remember seeing one of these as a child when I lived in Maryland. I never knew what it was.

It was crawling on the street, was the strangest thing.

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I would like to know what the locals use to treat murder hornet stings from their place of origin.
Nothing normal and acceptable I tried helped. I triple dosed every strong pain medicine I had and nothing helped. I ended up drinking 80 proof alcohol in desperation knowing I should not have mixed so many strong pain meds in high doses and then to result to mixing that with alcohol. I broke every safety health rule out of desperation as the pain just kept getting worse every second, hour by hour. Ice did not help, constant very hot soak helped a little.

To compare the murder hornet sting to an average bee sting is like comparing a tornado to a summer breeze. Do not take this warning lightly and get any child to the ER.
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They've really done a number on my yard.
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They are extremely territorial.

They live alone, because they are so mean, and often make a circular hole in the ground as a burrow.

My sister found that out the hard way a few years ago when she went out to the mailbox, while I was in town for a visit.

I looked out the window and she was running in circles near the curb, and then tore her shirt off and sprinted back to the house.

Another thing to note about them...they can definitely sting you multiple times, and the resulting welts are impressive.

Later that night she sprayed the heck out of the hole and dropped a rock over it.





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