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Getting To Know Those Flying Stingers

By Sharon
September 27, 2013

Uninvited, they join us at picnics. They race for the first bite of our apples. They pounce from beneath the blades of the lawnmower and crawl up the legs of our pants. Even our noses are at risk when we sniff our flowers. "What stung you?" she asked years ago. "I don't know, Ninna, but it had wings and a stinger!"

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flaflwrgrl
Sep 26, 2013 6:40 PM CST
A wonderfully informative article Sharon. I tip my hat to you.
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Marilyn
Sep 26, 2013 6:43 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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Sep 26, 2013 7:41 PM CST
nodding I agree So very informative!!! Thank you!!! Thumbs up
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fiwit
Sep 26, 2013 8:07 PM CST
Those pictures give me the heebie-jeebies... I'm just sayin' .... Blinking Blinking Blinking

Well, except the first 2-3 -- I like the bees, but once you hit wasps, yellow-jackts & hornets, I was wishing I could hide the pics. Hilarious!
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 26, 2013 8:31 PM CST
Just as a side note..... I was reading about Summer Tanagers the other day & they eat, almost exclusively, bees & wasps. They remove the stinger before eating them. Pretty interesting. They must be fairly deft to do that too.
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Sharon
Sep 26, 2013 8:34 PM CST
Deft and smart, too, I'd say. Sounds a little like gathering cactus for dinner. Brave Tanagers!!! Smiling

Thanks ladies! Sorry Mary, just close your eyes when you get to the pictures.
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fiwit
Sep 26, 2013 8:38 PM CST
it was a great article (as usual) Sharon... I'm just a wimp on those flying stingers Hilarious!
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Sep 27, 2013 3:42 AM CST
Thank you Sharon, for all the info.

I've felt the wrong end of a wasp a couple times Crying

Love all the detailed photo's and info Thumbs up
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dave
Sep 27, 2013 6:17 AM CST

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Great article, Sharon.

Yellow jackets are my personal nemesis. It seems like about once a year I have to stumble upon one of their ground nests and get 2 or 3 stings for my trouble. Ouch! Sad
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woofie
Sep 27, 2013 8:29 AM CST
Flying Stingers. I love it! We've had a bumper crop of all of the above this year; it's made trying to garden nearly impossible. But most of the hoards of tiny grasshoppers that I noticed in late spring seem to have disappeared. So maybe they're not ALL bad. Smiling
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Sharon
Sep 27, 2013 9:59 AM CST
And what's really weird is that I never get mosquito bites; I can be in a swarm of them and they separate then fly away from me. But those little things that sting in self defense, they'll get me every time.

I'm glad if the article is helpful; I realize now that I should have included pictures of their individual nests, though some nests are hard to find -- particularly those of the yellow jackets @dave. Around here, most of them are underground.

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jmorth
Sep 27, 2013 10:49 AM CST
Interesting and informative article,
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Bubbles
Sep 27, 2013 10:50 AM CST
The Yellow Jackets are the only ones I'm skittish around. We seem to always have them wintering over in our covered boat. The sting is bad enough, but it lingers all day.

Good information and great article, as usual!
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Sharon
Sep 27, 2013 10:57 AM CST
Thanks!. I really prefer the flying thing in your avatar to those in the article, J.

Here too, Sandi. When we boated and then summerized in early spring, yellowjackets came out from the boat in droves. A welcoming committee, I think.
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Bubbles
Sep 27, 2013 11:01 AM CST
We welcome them to spring now by beating on the boat cover. When they fly out, we offer them a shot of wasp spray. Whistling
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Newyorkrita
Sep 27, 2013 12:30 PM CST
Sharon, what a fabulously done article. And I just love the title and the background story. Thumbs up Big Grin
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Sharon
Sep 27, 2013 1:07 PM CST
Thanks Rita!
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4susiesjoy
Sep 28, 2013 5:19 AM CST
You did it again! Great article, informative with word pictures that made it all come alive. I tip my hat to you. Smiling
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Sharon
Sep 28, 2013 9:58 AM CST
Thanks Susie! *Blush*
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Marilyn
Sep 28, 2013 11:24 AM CST
Sharon said:And what's really weird is that I never get mosquito bites; I can be in a swarm of them and they separate then fly away from me. But those little things that sting in self defense, they'll get me every time.

I'm glad if the article is helpful; I realize now that I should have included pictures of their individual nests, though some nests are hard to find -- particularly those of the yellow jackets @dave. Around here, most of them are underground.

Thanks! Thumbs up


You must not type O blood. I've heard and read that the mosquitos bite people the most with type O blood and that's my blood type! Crying Blinking Sad Thumbs down

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