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Mason/Potter Wasp

The paper wasp is named for its cellular nest constructed of papery material. Paper wasps are around 5/8″ long, and dark brown and yellow colored – sometimes with areas of red. These wasps are beneficial in controlling other pest populations, but can be a nuisance. Existing in […]

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Mud Dauber Wasp

The mud dauber wasp is named for the way the females construct nests from bits of mud. Their nests are made up of tube shaped chambers, usually attached under eves. These wasps are around ¾” long, mostly black, and depending on the variety have some yellow markings. […]

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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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