I am the operations manager at a large retreat Center and Summer Camp in Dallas Texas. We have a tall tower that the kids ride a zip line down. Every Fall these wasp swarm the tower. They are not aggressive, but needless to say, kids running and swatting at wasp 50′ in the air is not good. There are no nest, just hundreds of these wasp flying around the top of the tower. the strange thing is they are just at the top of the tower and no where else.
The attached pics are of the wasp. pic_a wasp are larger than pic_b wasp. There seems to be a equal # of both. I don’t know if they are the same species and pic_b is a juvenile. We have tried wasp spray and smoke to no avail. Any ideas???
Thanks for the Help

Hi Ronney,
Your wasps are Paper Wasp from the genus Polistes. They inhabit meadows fields and gardens where they take nectar from flowers and they are often found near buildings. They are social wasps. Several females work together to construct an uncovered paperlike, hanging nest made of wood pulp and saliva. The Audubon Guide to Insects and Spiders goes on to say that : “One female becomes dominant queen. Ist few generations in summer are all females, cared for as larvae by unmated female workers. Unfertilized eggs produce fertile males. Only mated young queens overwinter under leaf litter and in stone walls. Old queens, workers, and larvae die. Paper Wasps are much more tolerant of people and minor disturbances than are hornets and yellow jackets.” Your species is probably Polistes apachus which occurs in Texas, New Mexico, southern California, and Mexico.

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Can you tell me what kind of spider?
I found this spider on my bathroom floor this morning. I captured it in a cup and now I’m not sure what to do with it. I don’t really have the heart to kill it, but I also don’t really want it saying hello to me everyday when I go into the bathroom. I live in Princeton, NJ. Thanks for any info you can give me.
-Mike Tanasy

Hi Mike,
I hope you released the Wolf Spider outside where it can hunt down injurious insects.

bugs from home
Please help…
My wife was cleaning the other day and found these two bugs in some dust balls under our bed as well as in our kitchen cabinets and drawers. We tried looking online but can’t find anything that looks like these two guys – we’re wondering if they aren’t babies of something else. We’re not sure what to do about them or even where they came from. Thanks for your help,

Hi Tom,
It is difficult to be certain with your photo.

Update: (10/21/2005)
Hi, The insect pictured here copied from WTB is a spider beetle. It is a bead like insect often associated with rodent infestations. I managed to find your site when pulling up pictures of “lawn shrimp” to show an employee.
Doug Seemann , BCE
Board Certified Entomologist
San Diego County

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huge bug
im not sure if we have a palmetto bug or what but here’s a pic just cought it half an hour ago clawing it’s way near the entrance door big spooky thing, never seen anything like it

Hi Lubo,
It is definitely a roach, possibly a Palmetto Bug or an American Cockroach. Palmetto Bugs live in the deep south, Florida especially. They can fly and are larger that American Cockroaches.

Unknown Bug
Hi there,
I found this bug on my front porch in San Antonio, Tx on Sunday Nov. 7th. I have was wondering what it is.
Thanks in advance

Hi Chip,
There are two genuses of beetles with the common name Ironclad Beetle, and your specimen of Zopherus nodulosus haldemani is one of them. We have another letter and photos from June 2004 on our Beetles 2004 page with additional information.

Pantry Beetles?
I have been finding these around the house occasionally. But today I found 5 in one unopened package and one in another unopened package of saltine crackers. There were some very tiny cracks at the corner of the packages where crackers contacted though much smaller than these bugs. Can you tell me what they are and if they could have came in the packages or if they may have entered through the tiny cracks. They range in size from less than 1/8" to almost 1/4".
Thanks Merle

Yes Merle, you have pantry beetles. It is possible to buy pre-infested food at the market, which is a good reason to check the expiration date. They will quickly spread to other stored foods in your pantry.