Currently viewing the tag: "unnecessary carnage"
Insects are prone to unnecessary slaughter, be it from an overzealous homemaker who doesn't want to see bugs, or from a strapping he-man who is a closet arachnophobe, or from a youngster who likes to torture. At any rate, we get a goodly amount of photos of poor arthropods whose lives ended prematurely. In an effort to educate, we present Unnecessary Carnage. This page is not intended for the squeemish.
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Giant bee?
Location: East coast Virginia, USA
August 15, 2017 7:10 pm
This monster was waiting for me as I went out to clean my pool one morning, luckily I caught it by surprise and was able to capture it under the filter basket before it had a chance to attack me. After a few shots of hornet spray, I changed my underwear and took a few pictures. Is this a spawn from hell, a just a really big bee? (Pictured next to a quarter for scale)
Signature: Nokturno

Cicada Killer Carnage

Dear Nokturno,
This is not “spawn from hell” nor is it a “Giant bee”.  This is a wasp known as a Cicada Killer.  Because they are big and scary, Cicada Killers frequently wind up dead when they encounter humans.  They are not aggressive and though female Cicada Killers are capable of stinging, they do not attack humans, so there was no need to spray it to death.  We hope your next encounter does not end in Unnecessary Carnage.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Blue /green wasp
Location: Egypt, cairo
August 5, 2017 4:36 pm
Actually, I’ve found that bug flying inside house I just thought that it’s poison then I killed it and took a simple picture, excuse me if it’s little cloudy 🙂
I appreciate ur answer
Signature: A lee

Cuckoo Wasp

Dear A lee,
Cuckoo Wasps from other parts of the world look surprisingly similar to your individual.  According to BugGuide:  “The name ‘cuckoo wasp’ refers to the fact that these wasps lay eggs in the nests of unsuspecting hosts” and “The female sting has been modified into an egg-laying tube with highly reduced valvulae and poison gland. As a result, unlike most other aculeates, chrysidids cannot sting and can be easily handled.
”  There was no need to kill this individual since it is perfectly harmless, so we are tagging this posting as Unnecessary Carnage and we hope future encounters will not end with a corpse. 

Actually people die every were like animals and insects in the other half of the world u’re living and dying in the same time get out of there and just turn on the news people in the middle east innocent people dies every second, wt u gonna say about that a reasonable Action every harmless being should be a life and every harmful being should pay it!! Killing animals or any being is a horrible action some times not intentionally, wt about human being unnecessary carnage? Or a massacre?!! Manup

We are an insect identification site.  Human massacre is beyond the scope of what we cover on our site.  It has always been our mission to educate the web browsing public to appreciate the wonder and beauty of the lower beasts, and we firmly believe that is a good way to appreciate the interconnectivity of all life on our fragile planet.  While we are powerless to change the world, we hope that by encouraging tolerance of the lower beasts, we are having a positive impact.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Is this a bee?
Location: Ohio about 45 miles west from Pittsburgh PA
August 2, 2017 7:46 am
Hi we keep getting these and I think it’s a type of bee but not sure.
It hovers and buzzes really strangely and will even go silent then get really loud!
It can go from hovering to high speeds fast!
Thanks for your help,
Signature: Laura Evans

Good News Bee buzzes no more

Dear Laura,
This is a harmless Yellowjacket Hover Fly or Good News Bee.  We hope future encounters you have will not end with such Unnecessary Carnage.  As an aside, our editorial staff hails from Youngstown, Ohio, just west of Pittsburgh.

Thank you! We thought it was going to sting our dog… now I feel bad. So glad to know because we have had one around us everyday for the last 2 weeks and we will welcome them now! ❤

Thanks so much!
Our mission has always been to educate the web browsing public to have tolerance toward the lower beasts.  Perhaps you should buy a lottery ticket after your next encounter to see if the good luck part holds up.
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Huge hornet
Location: Blythewood, SC
July 21, 2017 8:19 pm
We live in Blythewood, SC and tonight this hornet came on our deck and then 4-5 others after it was killed. I need to know what kind of hornet as I have small children and am now terrified to let them go outside.
Signature: Jessica Brasy

European Hornet

Dear Jessica,
This is a European Hornet,
Vespa crabro.  According to BugGuide:  “Woodlands. Paper nest is built in hollow trees, or in human structures such as attics. Adults come to lights.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Pumpkin-Wasp-Bee-Hornet???
Location: Belle River, Ontario, Canada
July 17, 2017 7:58 am
A most unusual hornet looking bug was in the area while I was working and I have no idea as to what it is. The main body was orange and black and legs were orange as well. It would be great to know what this is and possibly where it comes from as I have never seen anything like it in this area.
Thank you.
Signature: Jerome

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Dear Jerome,
The Great Golden Digger Wasp is a non-aggressive, solitary wasp found across North America.  They are a harmless species.  Unless you found it already dead, we are going to have to tag this as Unnecessary Carnage and we hope you will be more tolerant if you have future encounters with Great Golden Digger Wasps.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Help!!!
Location: Miami, FL
July 14, 2017 8:08 pm
I have these bees in a crevice under a window ledge outside that is about 1.5 feet off the ground. The bees have been there since about beginning of June and fly around all day near the front door. I think they are honey bees. I’m not sure. I sprayed it crevice tonight with a foaming pesticide and a little while later I found a total of 4 over the course of two hours flying inside the house!
Signature: I bee worried

Honey Bee

Dear I bee worried,
This is indeed a dead Honey Bee.  Wild Honey Bees often form a new hive in protected areas of homes.  If you have a Honey Bee hive under your window ledge, you are not going to solve the problem with foaming pesticide.  You should contact a local bee keeper who will come and remove the hive.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination