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Old Jan 16, 2016, 2:02 PM   #1
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Default Parasitic wasp (muddaubber)





Most people would recognize this wasp as a muddaubber (also known as a Sand Digger wasp), even so, they are quite pretty and interesting.
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Old Jan 18, 2016, 9:47 AM   #2
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Great shots, but admittedly, they do push me to reach for a big bottle of Raid.
I guess that means you've captured the subject beautifully!
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Great shots, but admittedly, they do push me to reach for a big bottle of Raid.
I guess that means you've captured the subject beautifully!
Thanks Conor As far as I know, most parasitic wasps are physically harmless to humans, however there may be some. About the only annoyance with these Sand diggers or muddaubbers, is their dried mud structures for which they construct for their young to develop in.
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Old Jan 19, 2016, 9:38 AM   #4
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Thanks Conor As far as I know, most parasitic wasps are physically harmless to humans, however there may be some. About the only annoyance with these Sand diggers or muddaubbers, is their dried mud structures for which they construct for their young to develop in.
That's good to know! The only wasps we have here are evil little creatures...
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That's good to know! The only wasps we have here are evil little creatures...
Yes, for the most part the wasps that most people encounter are quite aggressive and deliever a painful sting when they are provoked or feel they are being threatened. However, as aggressive looking as this wasp shown here below may appear, it is quite harmless.



This is an Ichneumon wasp, a parasitic wasp and a female. The stinger-like appendage is not a stinger at all but an ovipositor or egg laying device that many mistake for a stinger and people will oftentimes kill the wasp thinking it to be one of an aggressive nature because of that, however she is quite harmless and in my opinion very beautiful, there are hundreds maybe thousands of species of parasitc wasps that even entomologists cannot decern them all and the vast majority, as far as I know are not aggressive but timid, shy and rarely sting if any of them do at all.
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