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Subject: wasp nest?
Location: Everett, Wash.
July 14, 2017 5:58 pm
Hi bugman
this nest is in the eaves above the front door of my house, which is in the Seattle area.
it’s a wasp-like nest, but I’m not seeing much about black wasps?
I was planning to leave it alone but it just attacked and stung my roommate with no provocation (he was doing lawn work.)
now I’d at least like to know what they are? thanks …
Signature: Diane

Bald Faced Hornet Nest

Dear Diane,
This is a Bald Faced Hornet Nest, and like other social wasps, they will sting to defend the nest, but they are not considered aggressive.  This nest is already a considerable size with many workers that will help defend the nest.  Should you decide that you need to remove the nest for safety reasons, we would suggest getting a professional.

Subject: Random bug sighting in backyard.
Location: Anchorage, alaska USA
July 1, 2017 2:03 am
Dear big man. This bug was about as big as my thumb. (An inch or so long) he flew onto an old plywood fish smoker. He (I’m going to assume gender) went on to make a weird noise, almost as though he was nibbled the wood.
Signature: Dog lady, not bug lady.

Bald Faced Hornet

Dear Dog Lady,
This is a Bald Faced Hornet, and we first wanted to establish that they are reported from Alaska.  BugGuide has no reports from Alaska, but they are reported from across Canada, so we can deduce they are probably found in Alaska, but we confirmed that since they are listed on Insect Identification:  Bees, Ants, Wasps and Similar Insects of Alaska.  Your gender assumption is wrong.  Only female Bald Faced Hornets construct nests and care for young.  You are correct that she was nibbling wood.  Bald Faced Hornets chew wood into pulp that they use to construct a paper nest.  Bald Faced Hornets are social wasps that construct a nest that they will defend.  They are not normally aggressive toward humans, but anyone attempting to disturb a nest can probably count on getting stung.

Subject: Praying mantis eats giant asain hornet
Location: In Asia.
February 11, 2017 4:06 pm
Last July me and my bros were playing video games and when we came outside to chill out a hornet flew in our home!. Then when we were
Trying to swat the wasp with our ps4 controller he flew in to this manties territory and he captured it with ease. So I took some photos.
Then at the end it was decapation.
Signature: Imb

Mantis eats Asian Hornet

Dear Imb,
We love your images of an Asian Mantis feeding on an Asian Hornet, however we do have a few questions we hope you are able to answer.  Asia is a huge continent.  Are you able to provide a city or country?  You indicated that the hornet flew into your home and that it flew into the mantid’s territory.  Was the mantis a pet?  Thanks for your contribution and your clarification of our questions.

Mantis Eats Asian Hornet

Mantis East Asian Hornet

Subject: Hoverfly,
Location: Columbus Ohio
September 12, 2016 5:33 pm
Found this on a brick wall outside our middle school in Columbus Ohio. It was big, like a horsefly. The picture looks smaller.
Signature: Thanks, S Zuza

Bald Faced Hornet

Bald Faced Hornet

Dear S Zuza,
Though many Hover Flies mimic stinging bees and wasps, this Bald Faced Hornet is the real deal.

Subject: Please identify the big bug in picture
Location: north Georgia mountains
August 26, 2016 6:03 am
Good morning. A friend took the attached photo earlier this week. and has given his explicit permission for me to do with it what I want, including sharing it/using it. Our community is in the North Georgia mountains, and my friend’s home is located in the lower elevations of the neighborhood, adjacent to the golf course.
There have been a lot of yellow-jackets in the area this year, so we’re happy that something might be attacking them. But, what in the heck is that big something?
Thanks in advance for any assistance you are able to provide.
Signature: Edie

Red Footed Cannibalfly eats Yellow Jacket

Red Footed Cannibalfly eats Yellow Jacket

Dear Edie,
The predator in the image is a Red Footed Cannibalfly, a large species of Robber Fly.  While Robber Flies might bite a person who carelessly tried to handle one, they are not aggressive towards humans.  The unnatural position of the wings of the Red Footed Cannibalfly in your image is somewhat disturbing, leading us to speculate that it is no longer alive and possibly the victim of Unnecessary Carnage.

Subject: Hornet ID …
Location: Monetville, Ontario, Canada, which is south of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
August 11, 2016 10:56 am
We saw these “hornets” August 11, 2016 in the area of Monetville, Ontario, Canada, which is south of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
They were operating like dive bombers attacking and carrying away flies.
Accurate attacking the flies but did not appear to be bothering people.
Signature: Paul Kehoe

Bald Faced Hornet

Bald Faced Hornet

Dear Paul,
This is a Bald Faced Hornet, a species of social wasp.  Most adult wasps feed on nectar and other sugary substances, like ripe fruit or sap.  We suspect the Flies they were catching are being taken back to the nest to feed the larvae.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults are common on flowers and take nectar. Adults feed pre-chewed insects to larvae. Also are carnivorous and eat fruit.”

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Brenda Russell Armstrong
August 12 at 2:30pm
One of my favourites. Many years ago living in northern BC by the Stikine River we were cutting fish for drying and the black flies, horse flies, etc. were bad. Then the BF Hornets arrived and began capturing and processing the flies for their winter larder. There were catchers, and others that trimmed the various (inedible?) bits and others that wrapped the carcass into a leaf from a nearby wild apple tree and then turned the bundle over to other hornets that flew them off to the nest for storage. Not making this up. Would find it hard to believe if I hadn’t seen it myself. Any one else see something similar?