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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Photo not taken: Hornet

There is a super gigantic hornet buzzing around the house. Or, it might possibly be a cicada killer wasp. Based on the shape, I'm more inclined to think it's a hornet. However, based on the fact that I may have found its ground hole, it could be the cicada killer wasp.

Anyway, this thing is so huge that it seems to be encumbered by its own weight when trying to take off. Also, it's a little disoriented because every so often, it bangs itself into the window. I just hope it doesn't break the glass.

Whatever it is, this is one of the few things in nature that really scares me.

Posted by Marie at July 29, 2007 4:34 PM


Be careful out there.

Posted by: Joe at July 29, 2007 7:40 PM

Once I found a hornet's ground hole. I didn't know how deep it was till I decided (smartly) to stick a hose in there and see how quickly it'd fill up with water.

It took a good 20 seconds to fill. By that time I was running around the back of the house to run inside before I got stung.

Just a little bit of gasoline in that hole will cure whatever's bothering you. May not be a perfect solution, but it should work. About a 2-second pour, which is probably overkill.

Posted by: Ben at July 29, 2007 8:27 PM

Hello, It is probably a cicada killer. The females build nests in the ground. They are non aggresive and only the females can sting if provoked. They are very active right now, I have been seeing many recently. You could just let them be, they will not hurt you. Putting gas in the ground is a toxic bad solution, very out dated and totally stupid. The gas will contaminate the soil for many years. You can find good info on the Internet about these interesting creatures. Darla

Posted by: Darla at July 29, 2007 10:02 PM

As tempting as pouring gasoline into a hole in the ground is, I wouldn't do it. I would be too tempted to light it and I could just see catching myself on fire.

Posted by: Marie at July 30, 2007 1:45 AM

I was mowing the other day and accidentally came across an enormous, mean-looking wasp-type creature.

It was giving the business to a cicada. Normally, I leave the bugs alone when they're outside, but I seem to attract the sting-bearing creatures so I tried stomping on it.

I missed the wasp but squashed the cicada. This really made the wasp mad, so I bravely ran into the garage and grabbed a can of Raid, which I ended up not having to use.

I guess what I'm saying is that I saw one of those, too.

Posted by: Anonymous Communist at July 31, 2007 2:32 AM