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Posted: 8/8/2002 1:16:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/8/2002 1:18:40 PM EST by keving67]
[img]http://www.printroom.com/_vti_bin/ViewImage.dll?userid=keving67&album_id=85680&image_id=1&courtesy=1[/img] I was out cutting down some trees this afternoon and this ugly ass thing started to chase me for a while. I got him good with half a can of wasp spray and tossed him in a bag to show you guys. I have lived here all my life and never seen anything like this. It measures about 6" from head to the tip of its tail. Keving67
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 1:31:22 PM EST
Mosquito eater??
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 1:31:48 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 3:18:43 PM EST
Osprey, its pretty close but the one I have has one set of wings and has feelers on its head. Its also like tiger stripped. I doused the little bastard with wasp spray and I thought he was dead but he is moving again.
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 3:52:16 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 4:01:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By keving67: [url]http://www.printroom.com/_vti_bin/ViewImage.dll?userid=keving67&album_id=85680&image_id=1&courtesy=1[/url] I was out cutting down some trees this afternoon and this ugly ass thing started to chase me for a while. I got him good with half a can of wasp spray and tossed him in a bag to show you guys. I have lived here all my life and never seen anything like this. It measures about 6" from head to the tip of its tail. Keving67
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5 words. "West-nile Oscilating Mutant Evil Nanothingy" Or Women. [):)] I have one that has drained most of my time and energy for along time. Handle with care. My vote it for mayfly but it could be a mosquito hawk.
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 4:52:11 PM EST
It looks like a mosquito hawk to me. PONY_DRIVER ------------------------------------------------ In order to be a liberal Democrat, 1. You have to believe the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding.
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 5:14:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 5:19:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By brouhaha: Mosquito Eater is what we call them here. Totally harmless, just annoying cuz they're so friggin big.
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Then this isn't one. It bit me, not stung, but bit. Drew blood. Keving67
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 5:35:43 PM EST
West Nile.
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 6:16:45 PM EST
This is easy. The picture(what i can see of it) looks to be a parasitic wasp. The long thing that looks like a giant stinger is an ovipositor(which is what the stinger on a regular wasp is, in a modified form). these animals use the long ovipositor to bore down into trees to lay their eggs on the larvae of beetles that are parasites on trees. Believe it or not, that long "stinger" can bore through wood! That long "stinger" can also get you if you're not careful with them--beware. If you have a real interest, i can probably get you the binomial nominclature(scientific name) for this thing if you can get a little clearer picture.
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 6:25:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By brouhaha: Mosquito Eater is what we call them here. Totally harmless, just annoying cuz they're so friggin big.
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Same here.
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 6:33:13 PM EST
if thats a mos. hawk dont kill it they eat mos. larvae i also heard on paul harvey (i think it was harvey) that the government gave a big grant to a college that was studying these things and they were trying to breed a more aggressive one to eat adult mosquitoes
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 6:34:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By peregrine: This is easy. The picture(what i can see of it) looks to be a parasitic wasp. The long thing that looks like a giant stinger is an ovipositor(which is what the stinger on a regular wasp is, in a modified form). these animals use the long ovipositor to bore down into trees to lay their eggs on the larvae of beetles that are parasites on trees. Believe it or not, that long "stinger" can bore through wood! That long "stinger" can also get you if you're not careful with them--beware. If you have a real interest, i can probably get you the binomial nominclature(scientific name) for this thing if you can get a little clearer picture.
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I would appreciate it. I will try my hardest tommorrow mornign to get a decent shot of it. That would sure explain all the holes in the trees. tiny little ones Keving67
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 6:35:28 PM EST
Looks like a big red "X" to me.
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 6:38:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By superdav: if thats a mos. hawk dont kill it they eat mos. larvae i also heard on paul harvey (i think it was harvey) that the government gave a big grant to a college that was studying these things and they were trying to breed a more aggressive one to eat adult mosquitoes
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Well, the little bastard tried to eat me. Looks like they may have made him a tad bit too aggressive. He's still alive if he is a mosquito eater, he's going home to the yard tommorrow Keving67
Link Posted: 8/8/2002 6:44:59 PM EST
As awful as these things are they do have an upside. The holes you see are probably damage from the beetles not the wasps. The wasp larvae feed on on the beetle larvae. This is how beetles are kept somewhat in check.
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