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(AZ Family)   Beekeeper tries to introduce a couple of new queen bees to the hives in her backyard. Since this is Fark, you can guess how that plan went   (azfamily.com) divider line 61
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2014-05-16 09:24:44 AM  
The bees! They are defending themselves somehow!
 
2014-05-16 09:48:39 AM  

Alfonse Gregory: I would like to subscribe to your newsletter. Seriously. How did you come by your knowledge of the Apis order?


I grew up living close to my aunt and uncle, and he was a hobbyist beekeeper with 15-20 hives at the peak of his operations.  I'd help out sometimes, especially when it came time to extract the honey, and the local beekeepers were a pretty close social circle so I got to know most of the beekeepers in the area.  It's why I appreciate bees (although it only increased my dislike of wasps, who can be major predators of bees).
 
2014-05-16 09:50:57 AM  

namegoeshere: Speaking of stingy things, I saw the largest farking wasp I have ever seen yesterday. It was the size of my thumb. Holy crap. I trapped it in my French doors but it escaped. Outside, thank FSM. I really hope it was an anomaly. I do not want a swarm of those bastages in my yard.

/CNY


It was probably a cicada killer.  Not aggressive.
 
2014-05-16 10:05:04 AM  

Alfonse Gregory: namegoeshere: Speaking of stingy things, I saw the largest farking wasp I have ever seen yesterday. It was the size of my thumb. Holy crap. I trapped it in my French doors but it escaped. Outside, thank FSM. I really hope it was an anomaly. I do not want a swarm of those bastages in my yard.

/CNY

Was it yellow and black like a giant bumble bee? There's a huge wasp called the cicada killer wasp that looks dangerous as hell, but they aren't aggressive at all. They lay their eggs in cicadas.


[Google] The butt end was a lot more yellow than that looks. When I have a minute, I'll look at pics and try to spot it.
 
2014-05-16 12:24:21 PM  

namegoeshere: Alfonse Gregory: namegoeshere: Speaking of stingy things, I saw the largest farking wasp I have ever seen yesterday. It was the size of my thumb. Holy crap. I trapped it in my French doors but it escaped. Outside, thank FSM. I really hope it was an anomaly. I do not want a swarm of those bastages in my yard.

/CNY

Was it yellow and black like a giant bumble bee? There's a huge wasp called the cicada killer wasp that looks dangerous as hell, but they aren't aggressive at all. They lay their eggs in cicadas.

[Google] The butt end was a lot more yellow than that looks. When I have a minute, I'll look at pics and try to spot it.


There are different varieties, but I'd bet it was one of 'em. Not dangerous, unless you're a cicada.
 
2014-05-16 02:50:10 PM  

Alfonse Gregory: namegoeshere: Alfonse Gregory: namegoeshere: Speaking of stingy things, I saw the largest farking wasp I have ever seen yesterday. It was the size of my thumb. Holy crap. I trapped it in my French doors but it escaped. Outside, thank FSM. I really hope it was an anomaly. I do not want a swarm of those bastages in my yard.

/CNY

Was it yellow and black like a giant bumble bee? There's a huge wasp called the cicada killer wasp that looks dangerous as hell, but they aren't aggressive at all. They lay their eggs in cicadas.

[Google] The butt end was a lot more yellow than that looks. When I have a minute, I'll look at pics and try to spot it.

There are different varieties, but I'd bet it was one of 'em. Not dangerous, unless you're a cicada.


If it was the size described, my money would be on the European Hornet:

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Here's a small one:

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Here is a nice size comparison:

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2014-05-16 03:21:18 PM  

washington-babylon: Alfonse Gregory: namegoeshere: Alfonse Gregory: namegoeshere: Speaking of stingy things, I saw the largest farking wasp I have ever seen yesterday. It was the size of my thumb. Holy crap. I trapped it in my French doors but it escaped. Outside, thank FSM. I really hope it was an anomaly. I do not want a swarm of those bastages in my yard.

/CNY

Was it yellow and black like a giant bumble bee? There's a huge wasp called the cicada killer wasp that looks dangerous as hell, but they aren't aggressive at all. They lay their eggs in cicadas.

[Google] The butt end was a lot more yellow than that looks. When I have a minute, I'll look at pics and try to spot it.

There are different varieties, but I'd bet it was one of 'em. Not dangerous, unless you're a cicada.

If it was the size described, my money would be on the European Hornet:

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Here's a small one:

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 300x168]

Here is a nice size comparison:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x758]


That last one looks like it. It was bigger, or my brain made it so, which I admit is a possibility.

I am not afraid of bees (beekeeper in the family - Mmmmmm.... unlimited free honey...) but that sucker?

NOPE.
 
2014-05-16 06:31:45 PM  

namegoeshere: washington-babylon: Alfonse Gregory: namegoeshere: Alfonse Gregory: namegoeshere: Speaking of stingy things, I saw the largest farking wasp I have ever seen yesterday. It was the size of my thumb. Holy crap. I trapped it in my French doors but it escaped. Outside, thank FSM. I really hope it was an anomaly. I do not want a swarm of those bastages in my yard.

/CNY

Was it yellow and black like a giant bumble bee? There's a huge wasp called the cicada killer wasp that looks dangerous as hell, but they aren't aggressive at all. They lay their eggs in cicadas.

[Google] The butt end was a lot more yellow than that looks. When I have a minute, I'll look at pics and try to spot it.

There are different varieties, but I'd bet it was one of 'em. Not dangerous, unless you're a cicada.

If it was the size described, my money would be on the European Hornet:

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 245x205]

Here's a small one:

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 300x168]

Here is a nice size comparison:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x758]

That last one looks like it. It was bigger, or my brain made it so, which I admit is a possibility.

I am not afraid of bees (beekeeper in the family - Mmmmmm.... unlimited free honey...) but that sucker?

NOPE.


Fun story about hornets.  When I was in Turkey, my tour guide, who was an archaeologist before he got into the tourism business, said that one of the workers when he was on a dig put a scorpion on his arm and got it to sting him because, hey, scorpion stings suck, but aren't life threatening, and he wanted a day off.  This same guy was terrified of hornets, because they can kill you, and their stings hurt like hell.  Apparently they have the colloquial name of "Donkey Bee," because they kill people's livestock (esp. donkeys).

/csb
 
2014-05-16 09:35:34 PM  

Kommunaut: namegoeshere: washington-babylon: Alfonse Gregory: namegoeshere: Alfonse Gregory: namegoeshere: Speaking of stingy things, I saw the largest farking wasp I have ever seen yesterday. It was the size of my thumb. Holy crap. I trapped it in my French doors but it escaped. Outside, thank FSM. I really hope it was an anomaly. I do not want a swarm of those bastages in my yard.

/CNY

Was it yellow and black like a giant bumble bee? There's a huge wasp called the cicada killer wasp that looks dangerous as hell, but they aren't aggressive at all. They lay their eggs in cicadas.

[Google] The butt end was a lot more yellow than that looks. When I have a minute, I'll look at pics and try to spot it.

There are different varieties, but I'd bet it was one of 'em. Not dangerous, unless you're a cicada.

If it was the size described, my money would be on the European Hornet:

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 245x205]

Here's a small one:

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 300x168]

Here is a nice size comparison:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x758]

That last one looks like it. It was bigger, or my brain made it so, which I admit is a possibility.

I am not afraid of bees (beekeeper in the family - Mmmmmm.... unlimited free honey...) but that sucker?

NOPE.

Fun story about hornets.  When I was in Turkey, my tour guide, who was an archaeologist before he got into the tourism business, said that one of the workers when he was on a dig put a scorpion on his arm and got it to sting him because, hey, scorpion stings suck, but aren't life threatening, and he wanted a day off.  This same guy was terrified of hornets, because they can kill you, and their stings hurt like hell.  Apparently they have the colloquial name of "Donkey Bee," because they kill people's livestock (esp. donkeys).

/csb


Yikes. Like I said, NOPE!
 
2014-05-16 10:00:10 PM  

namegoeshere: That last one looks like it. It was bigger, or my brain made it so, which I admit is a possibility.


Could well have been a queen.  At this point in the year, depending on your climate there might only be queens flying around right now, as for most wasp species they are all that survive the winter.
 
2014-05-16 10:57:17 PM  

Faddy: I thought you removed Queens from the hive so other bees become queen, you don't introduce new queens. Maybe some apiary expert can enlighten me


The proper way to do this is to grab the old queen carefully and remove her quickly from the hive. They won't realize she is gone for a while until her pheremone scent goes away. Then they will either try to breed another queen from an egg cell with royal jelly or you introduce another caged queen in a screened box with a sugar plug so they get used to her scent. They eat the sugar plug that separates them in a couple of days and she crawls out and replaces the missing queen.
 
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