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Jun 17, 2015 21:28 |  #1

It was just running around my front yard. Then I found out it flies too....:eek:

Anybody know what it is?


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Jun 17, 2015 21:46 |  #2

Not living anywhere near California I could be way off, but my guess is it is an ant of some type.
Probably a male.


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Jun 17, 2015 22:22 |  #3

Upon further Googling I found out it is a Tarantula Hawk. It supposedly has the 2nd most painful sting of any insect in the world.


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Jun 17, 2015 22:35 |  #4

Bogino wrote in post #17601361 (external link)
Upon further Googling I found out it is a Tarantula Hawk. It supposedly has the 2nd most painful sting of any insect in the world.

Don't I know it!!!!!!

I was stung by one of these mofos 24 times when I was about 12 years old! It was doing it's thing to a Dock Spider, and I interrupted it while picking blueberries.

Wasps and me are in a perpetual state of Defcon 4!

Stay very clear!


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Jun 17, 2015 22:38 |  #5

Bogino wrote in post #17601361 (external link)
Upon further Googling I found out it is a Tarantula Hawk. It supposedly has the 2nd most painful sting of any insect in the world.

Now I'm curious.....what is THE MOST PAINFUL stinging insect?


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Jun 17, 2015 22:42 |  #6

Bullet ant, and thankfully, I have NOT been stung by one of those!


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Jun 17, 2015 22:49 |  #7

The Bullet Ant (external link).

Of North American species, though, the Cow Killer (Velvet ant) and Tarantula Hawk rank the highest.


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Jun 18, 2015 12:54 |  #8

Wow, looks innocuous enough like a lot of the harmless (to humans) predatory wasps I see.


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Jun 18, 2015 15:22 |  #9

Phew, boy am I glad we dont have these in the UK (well, not that I know of lol).

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Jun 18, 2015 22:24 |  #10

OMG!!


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Jun 18, 2015 22:25 |  #11

Nogo wrote in post #17601322 (external link)
Not living anywhere near California I could be way off, but my guess is it is an ant of some type.
Probably a male.

Haha. Whaaat


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Jun 18, 2015 22:27 |  #12

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #17601369 (external link)
Don't I know it!!!!!!

I was stung by one of these mofos 24 times when I was about 12 years old! It was doing it's thing to a Dock Spider, and I interrupted it while picking blueberries.

Wasps and me are in a perpetual state of Defcon 4!

Stay very clear!

Dude. No. You must have full blown ptsd. I've been stung a few times by who knows what - and I get jumpy. But 20+ times by THIS?!


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Jun 19, 2015 00:32 |  #13

EKOEPP wrote in post #17602685 (external link)
Haha. Whaaat

If it was an ant, which apparently it is not, it would likely be a male ant. In most ant colonies the winged ants are the (one) queen ant and many males. That is the reason for saying it is most likely a male.

Being it is a type of wasp, its sex is anyone's guess.


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Jun 19, 2015 07:29 |  #14

This whole Tarantula Hawk thing got me probing deeper. I had never heard of "bullet Ants". Then...I remembered a picture I had taken on one of my many trips to Costa Rica. I was on a hike on the OSA Peninsula and came across these ants. My photography skills were only basic at best then (this was in 2010) so the picture is not great but looking at it again makes me wonder: were these "bullet ants"?


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Jun 19, 2015 09:26 |  #15

Nogo wrote in post #17602767 (external link)
If it was an ant, which apparently it is not, it would likely be a male ant. In most ant colonies the winged ants are the (one) queen ant and many males. That is the reason for saying it is most likely a male.

Being it is a type of wasp, its sex is anyone's guess.

Im laughing at your broad generalization because Im imagining your detective work ending a "lightening bolt" style sting that would knock you on the ground hahaha "not an ant! not an ant!"

I usually start the other way with the thought "thats probably the most dangerous insect alive," not "thats probably a harmless male ant"

also, I'm not sure thats how most* ant colonies work. maybe army ants. I think many colonies have loads of female ants flying around and mating in air


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