Subject: HUGE Wasp??
July 17, 2012 8:31 am
this HUGE wasp-like insect has been hanging around our garage and garden. Is it harmful to humans ,as in, will it sting us? I am allergic to stings and I’m a little nervous to go into the garden! It is eating other insects as this picture shows, and this morning when I went to the garden, it flew up from the garden with another bug in it’s legs. We live in Illinois and today is July 17, 2012.
Signature: Mary G.
The predator in your photo is living up to its common name Hanging Thief. Hanging Thieves are a family of Robber Flies that often hand from a single leg while feeding. The only wasp in your photo it the Paper Wasp that is being eaten by the Hanging Thief. Hanging Thieves often prey upon wasps and bees. We do not know of anyone being bitten by a Hanging Thief, but we imagine they are capable of biting if they are carelessly handled.