Name this bug...

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by DeepGreenLawn, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    A customer today called and asked about a little insect that was burrowing holes in her yard. She thought it was a bee. I caught one and took some pictures. They make little ant-type looking mounds in the soil and are everywhere. I found this one swarming with a bunch of others near one of her flower beds.

    I would appreciate it if you could tell me what it is.

    Thanks,

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  2. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    3- segmented insect Head,Abdomen, and a thorax.
    Could be a predatory wasp! I believe it is too small to be a cicada killer wasp!

    Anyone else's opinion will be accepted.
     
  3. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    to think of it.........if the abdomen has black and yellow bands it is a cicada killer.
    I can't see too well in your photo to tell much!
     
  4. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's too small to be a Cicada Killer. Cicada Killers are HUGE! I'd say it IS a small Wasp of some sort though.
     
  5. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    I never noticed any stingers. The head was small like an ant, the abdoment was large and "humpbacked" and the thorax was long, narrow, and black. Almost flat. It never showed any aggression with the ones I caught and messed with and the customer said they cut the grass and they swarmed but never attacked. I looked REALLY close at it just after I caught it when it still had its witts about it and I never noticed any biting (like an ant) or any stingers. And they were so small my first thought was they were more like a nat. The holes they dug were smaller than a pencil and normally the mounds are made of small "balls" of soil. Not like an ant hill where it is a more dust appearance.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  6. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    I don't remember any markings. The yellowish strip you see in the one picture is its leg. The body from what I remember was solid black.
     
  7. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    Winged-ants
    Swarming in search for new hives and relocating the family
     
  8. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    Scoliid wasp is prospective.
    It is a green June bug killer and grub killer!
    I may be way off considering the actual sizes of the insect, but with it being black and winged, it is possible.
     
  9. kenneth meals

    kenneth meals LawnSite Member
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    To me with it's size seems to be a Midge.

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  10. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    Think green and kenneth...

    I really appreciate your thoughts but unfortunately I don't think either is correct. It had the head of an ant but that was the only thing in similarity. The picture in kenneths is very close but off on it's proportions and color. It also didn't have those long antennas on it. the thorax stopped where this one curves up. I will look at some more pics of this to be sure. But keep the thoughts coming.
     

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