giant bees

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by laxative, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
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    What made these? They're huge. Lived in this tree. The pictures don't really do justice to how insanely big they are. The bees that made them were maybe the size of the last two knuckles of my pinkie finger. They weren't fuzzy like a bumle or carpenter bee. I just avoided the tree for the latter part of the summer and never really had time, and was too scared, to really check it out. They've been gone a few weeks. Normal wasps are still buzzing around the tree, and look really small. The only thing I can find on the web anywhere near this size is a giant hornet that only lives in Asia. And it doesn't look nearly as big. They weren't aggressive like yellowjackets or anything but I've never seen anything even close to this size. Wish I'd taken pictures of the bees.

    Any ideas?

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  2. huh

    huh LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lubbock
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  3. moremow

    moremow LawnSite Member
    from roanoke
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    [​IMG]It is a little difficult to see these things by your pics. However here in the u.s.a. there is a little critter called the "japanese hornet" that is over here in the states. If you type that title in at google search engine you will see close up pics of it they offer. I have seen them here before and I believe they like to be around places that have water. I saw a special on them in asia where they had scout bees that if you went near the nest they would actually hover near your face and take their stingers and spray a little venom near your eyes. I think they like to also make nests in the ground some too. Check out the web close ups and see if they are similar. If you will follow the link i have provided you can actually view a clip of these things in action. I think it is entitled "hornets from hell"
     
  4. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 147

    I've seen that. Stuff like that shouldn't live in Ohio.
     
  5. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,157

    BEE'S on anabolic steroids. :laugh: :laugh:
     
  6. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    what is that tree infested with bees? cut that thing down in winter or just stay away from looks far enough away from anything else
     
  7. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We had huge bees this year also. They looked like a gigantic yellow jacket/hornet cross. They would actually strip certain trees of their bark, and you could here it tear as they pealed the bark away.

    Tim
     
  8. JKOOPERS

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    dont know i was thinking carpenter bees but guess not
     
  9. Waggy6

    Waggy6 LawnSite Member
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    I wish I could see a picture of the bee. there is a wasp that catches cicadas and buries then and I guess lays eggs on them.
     
  10. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 481

    it might be a "cicada killer" yes that is the name of the "bee" and yes i have seen it carry a cicada into the nest (which is usually a whole in the ground).

    they have orange wings, a black body, with white yellowish strips on its ass.

    a customer i was cutting grass for has these..they said for the past 2 years they have been getting an exterminator to..well exterminate them, but they're still around...these are usually only out from june to about end of august/beginning of sept.

    they were in the backyard and needless to say i didnt touch the back until they were gone (look at a pic and just imagine about 20 of these 2-3 inch things flying around about 2-5 feet above the ground..and i noticed that they would attack any other smaller insects that would fly through their territory)

    here is a link if you wanna check it out...i dont think the cicada killers are what made those nests though because like i said they usually live in the ground.

    here is a pic (i hope it works):
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    link:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada_killer
    http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~hollidac/cicadakillerhome.html

    check this one out..it has a pick of the hole it digs in the ground..there had to be at least 30 of these holes all over the back yard: http://www.cyberbee.net/column/stinging/cicadakiller.shtml
     

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