Carnivorous Hornets
Several weeks ago, I watched one of these insects carry away a chunk of grilled buffalo burger the size of its head. Upon returning from vacation, we found them ravaging our strawberry patch– they have a ferocious appetite and I assume their actions are reflective of the drought we are experiencing. I believe they are hornets since they have pointed abdomens and appear to lack pollen baskets. Nor do they resemble the paper wasps or mud daubers we have here in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. Any ideas?Thanks

Hi Jay,
Yellow Jackets can be troublesome spoilsports at picnics, bar-be-ques, fairs and carnivals. They frequently swarm the trash bins for discarded food and sweets and they will sting.

Location: South Dakota

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