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 Post subject: "Ground wasps"
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2003 8:46 pm 
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In the last couple months I've seen a growing number of red & black furry bugs crawling around in my lawn and garden. They're 1/2" to 1" long, segmented, seem fairly skitish, yet look just like a wasp w/o wings.

Years ago someone told me they had a kick (sting) like a mule.

What are these critters, and should I cease to go bare-footed? :?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2003 6:57 pm 
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I believe you are describing what ranchers call a cow killer. Take a look at this picture and let me know.
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http://troyb.com/photo/gallery/019-02-CowKiller.htm


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Tony:

Nice photo gallery link. Great insect pictures. :D


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Tony:

Nice photo gallery link. Great insect pictures. :D


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 Post subject: Ground Wasps
PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2003 12:07 pm 
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Thank you for the great pictures. And they are right on, darn it!

Used to see these critters very occasionally. Now seems they're all over the neighborhood this year. I see one or more everytime I'm out.

So much for going barefoot in the lawn anymore. :cry:


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