Subject: Scoliid wasp
Geographic location of the bug: New Jersey
Time: 12:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi I have 100’s of these flying Ober my grass in nj
I’m afraid for by dogs but I understand they don’t sting
How do I get rid of them?
How you want your letter signed: Bob NJ
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I think they’re scoliosis
1st thought they were Secada hawks
This is a Blue Winged Wasp, Scolia dubia. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine in humans. You are correct that Scoliid Wasps are not aggressive and we strongly doubt they will sting you or your dogs. Because the Blue Winged Wasps are so plentiful, there must be a large number of Scarab grubs in your lawn. Many homeowners spend money to have their lawns treated with pesticides to eliminate the Scarab grubs. You have a natural remedy. We would choose the Blue Winged Wasps over pesticides. We do not offer extermination advice. We don’t want to even inquire about the circumstances leading to the death of this Blue Winged Wasp.