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Baldfaced Hornet

The baldfaced hornet is named for it’s white face. These hornets are around ¾” long, and are black and white colored. Baldfaced hornets construct the big, lopsided, football-looking paper nests that hang from trees or houses. Unless these nests are located where they are a nuisance, they […]

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Cicada Killer Wasp

The western cicada killer is named for its practice of stinging cicadas (an insect in the aphid family) and bringing them back to their eggs for food. When the larvae hatch out of the eggs, they feed on the cicada as they develop. Western cicada killers are […]

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Africanized Honey (Killer) Bee

The Africanized honey bee is an example of the ill effects of trying to improve on nature. In the 50’s an African queen was brought to Brazil, to try and make a superior honey bee. Colonies of these African bees mated with honey bees, creating the Africanized […]

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Honey Bee

Honey bees are common, and beneficial insects most of the time. They are named for their habit of making honey, which they use as food during parts of the year. Excesses of this honey can be harvested for humans to eat. Honey bees also pollinate the flowers […]

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Carpenter Bee

The carpenter bee got its name from mining wood, similar to carpenter ants. There are several varieties of these bees. The majority of carpenter bees are large, around ¾”, and primarily black with a green or purple sheen to them. Some unique features include a patch of […]

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Yellow (Moisture) Ant

The yellow ant, also called the moisture ant, is named for it’s color or attraction to moist areas. These ants are under 1/8″ long, and smell of citronella when crushed. Preferring to nest in the ground or in rotten wood, they are more of a subterranean insect. […]

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Velvety Tree Ant

The velvety tree ant is named for it’s velvety abdomen, and making use of hollows in trees for nesting. This ant is fairly good sized, around 3/8″ long, and can be identified by its red thorax. Crushing a tree ant gives off a rotten coconut smell like […]

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Thief Ant

The thief ant is named for the way it robs the nests of other ants for food, sometimes making home there. Thief ants are some of the smallest ants you will find, making them hard to identify. They range in color from yellow to brown, and nest […]

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Small Honey (False Honey) Ant

The small honey ant, sometimes called the false honey ant, may be named for the fact it has been confused with the true honey ant. This ant can be various shades of brown, and has a shiny appearance. Small honey ants are outside dwellers, but on occasion […]

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Pharaoh Ant

The Pharaoh ant is believed to have come from Egypt, and named after the ancient plagues in the days of the Pharaohs. These small ants are only around 1/16″ long, and are typically lighter colored with a darker abdomen. They bear more of a resemblance to a […]

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