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    Black Wasps

    What do you guys call a black wasp looking bug in your area? In NM, I always heard them called dirt dobbers (sp?). I used to see them hunting tarantulas all the time, but I just watched one destroy a black widow in my office.

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    Tarantula Hawk. 2nd most painful sting of all insects.


    Tarantula hawk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    mud wasp

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    Mud Daubers here. They typically don't sting. At one point over multiple years we had a recurring one living outside our door and they became almost like a pet. Mud dauber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    But if you close your eyes it becomes so easy to see

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    Tarantula Hawk as DS stated 2nd most painful sting of all insects. I have first hand knowledge of how painful. They are all over east county San Diego. I stepped on one barefoot while jet skiing. Holy crap it swelled up lilke a baseball and it was EXTREMELY painful. More so than when I got stung by a scorpion.
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    it sounds like us east cost and west coast folks are talking about different things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    it sounds like us east cost and west coast folks are talking about different things.
    You might not hear this again for a while, but I think you're correct
    But if you close your eyes it becomes so easy to see

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    That's ^^ the little bastard that got me .... Tarantula Hawk. They're pretty cool to watch, they run along the ground tipping over rocks and dirt, and popping in and out of every little hole. What they are doing is looking for a Tarantula den. Once they find one, they go in and sting the Tarantula which renders it paralized but does'nt kill it. Then the wasp lay's her eggs on the abdomen of the Tarantula. When the eggs hatch the baby wasps feed on the paralized "LIVE" spider. Which nourishes them until they are big enough to leave. This is a true story and basically what horror movies get ideas from.
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    The one that freaks me out sending me running here on the east coast is the Bell Hornet.. One gnarly little bastard. I was stung onetime at night and my god did it hurt. It swelled up the size of a softball and hurt like hell. BUt any wasp that attacks Tarantula's is extra gnarly.
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    I took this last year with my crappy cell phone. Really cool to see it happening in person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
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    ^^ +1

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    Tarantula Hawk is the state insect of NM.
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    The Tarantula hawk (Pepsis wasp) is supposed to have the 2nd most painful sting and is only 2nd to the Bullet Ant.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justamember View Post
    I thought it was Vinnie, the Vinegaroon.
    Unless something changed since 1989: New Mexico State Insect - Tarantula Hawk Wasp

    Vinnie is just nasty looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by random walk View Post
    Vinnie is just nasty looking.




    But completely harmless to humans. They eat Bark Scorpions so you may wish to keep them around, most people kill them because they look scary.

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    Back to the OP, it doesn't sound like the black wasp he saw is a tarantula hawk.

    But black wasps and black widows in your office? Might want to check your screens and weather stripping
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    But completely harmless to humans. They eat Bark Scorpions so you may wish to keep them around, most people kill them because they look scary.
    Like snakes

    I live on 14 wooded acres and my neighbor killed a snake in the woods.
    I was pissed. He said he has to protect his children but from his description it was obviously not a rattlesnake or copperhead. Of course explaining to him that some non-venomous snake species actually kill and eat the ones that could harm his children fell on deaf ears.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    We have them here and also solitary wood wasps, amazing insects.
    All the spider hunting wasps are solitary.
    As DJ said they only enithitise the spider, bury it, lay their eggs and continue on their merry way.
    One of the most facinating creatures on the face of the planet
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    One of the most horrifying creatures on the face of the planet
    there!

    I checked 'em out. Man that's nasty!

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    Black Wasps

    Cicada killers and cow killers are a couple other gnarly wasps farther east. Never been stung by either but the cow killer gets its common name from the painfulness of its sting.

    Doubt it ACTUALLY kills cows but I hear it does hurt.

    I also hear that the asp caterpillar is quite painful

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    When I was a pre-teen in the late 70's, my family had a copy of that classic book, Truly Tasteless Jokes. I never did get the WASP jokes

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    The Tarantula hawk (Pepsis wasp) is supposed to have the 2nd most painful sting and is only 2nd to the Bullet Ant.
    I can attest to that (see my above post). I was jet skiing in east San Diego which is a desert region. I stepped on a Tarantula Wasp while I was barefoot. I have been stung by numerous wasp,bee and hornet species. I have also been stung by a scorpion. None of these were even close to the pain I felt from being stung by the Tarantula Hawk. It swelled immediately to the size of a baseball. And it hurt so bad I went to the hospital. Never have I made a trip to the hospital from being stung by those others except the scorpion. The doctor gave me a shot and some pills and three day's later I was fine. But the pain before the shot was INSANE.
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    Since I grew up in NM, I'm more than familiar with the vinegaroons. They make a stink, but they don't hurt you. They're most common right after a rain. They'll scare the crap outta you if you have a midnight trip to the bathroom and step on one, or nearly do. Makes the need for a bathroom disappear. Makes it hard to get back to sleep too.

    And yeah, I know, I need to figure out how the black widow's are getting in. I know how the wasp got in, he followed me in. I heard him buzz my head as he came by. Within about 15 minutes, he'd attacked the spider and was trying to get out.

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