What in the heck are these? (insect problems)

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    07-12-2012, 05:50 PM
What in the heck are these? (insect problems)

We are being bombarded by these things. All over the front of our house in the section where we have flowers and plants and lots of rocks. I've never seen them before, they've never come around.

I'm in southwest Michigan if that matters.

They are large, about 2 inches long. Maybe a little more. Big bugs. They fly very quickly, have wings like a dragonfly. Their butts are big and yellow and black like a bee. And have the front end like a wasp. They are not furry that I am seeing, very smooth in appearance.

We have 3 dogs. No one has been stung that I've known of. We are trying to keep them away. These things have shown up in the past week or two. Haven't been here all season. Only since it got crazy hot. Looks like they nest in the ground.

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    07-12-2012, 05:57 PM
Green Broke
They are cicada killer wasps, my bug man told me they were not aggressive. I do not know what they do, kill cicadas maybe.

Hard to tell from your photos, but your description fits them to a "T", right down to living in the ground.

    07-12-2012, 06:01 PM
^Yep. We have a ton of them this year. I found a few when I "evicted" them from their homes when I worked my arena

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    07-12-2012, 06:06 PM
Taffy, you are exactly right. That's what they are.

I'm happy to hear they aren't really aggressive. There are pictures of people holding them. (Yuck!)

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