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    Cicada killer wasp

    Was walking the dogs last night and a giant wasp-type thing flew right over my head. It was so big I thought it was small bird until I saw the the black & yellow markings and its giant frickin' stinger hanging down. I came across it again when I got home, it looked like it was building a nest in the ground. I looked online and I THINK it was a cicada killer wasp. Fortunately, I read they are not real aggressive toward humans. Anyone else had a similar experience with one of these big boys?
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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Was walking the dogs last night and a giant wasp-type thing flew right over my head. It was so big I thought it was small bird until I saw the the black & yellow markings and its giant frickin' stinger hanging down. I came across it again when I got home, it looked like it was building a nest in the ground. I looked online and I THINK it was a cicada killer wasp. Fortunately, I read they are not real aggressive toward humans. Anyone else had a similar experience with one of these big boys?
    My daughter's 10U softball team had a practice on a field that was infested with these things. The girls were nervous, but practiced like champs with these things buzzing around them. There were about five of them floating around the infield, and the holes for their nests were plainly visible throughout the infield.


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    It's more afraid of you than you are of it.



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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Was walking the dogs last night and a giant wasp-type thing flew right over my head. It was so big I thought it was small bird until I saw the the black & yellow markings and its giant frickin' stinger hanging down. I came across it again when I got home, it looked like it was building a nest in the ground. I looked online and I THINK it was a cicada killer wasp. Fortunately, I read they are not real aggressive toward humans. Anyone else had a similar experience with one of these big boys?
    I follow an Iowa Outdoors forum and someone posted some pics on there with these beasts. They were pretty impressive. The damn thing was hauling a big *** cicada back to it's lair!!


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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Was walking the dogs last night and a giant wasp-type thing flew right over my head. It was so big I thought it was small bird until I saw the the black & yellow markings and its giant frickin' stinger hanging down. I came across it again when I got home, it looked like it was building a nest in the ground. I looked online and I THINK it was a cicada killer wasp. Fortunately, I read they are not real aggressive toward humans. Anyone else had a similar experience with one of these big boys?
    There have been a couple of males living in my backyard for the past couple years. They are almost always buzzing around in the backyard, but haven't had any issues with them bothering humans or our dogs.



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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Was walking the dogs last night and a giant wasp-type thing flew right over my head. It was so big I thought it was small bird until I saw the the black & yellow markings and its giant frickin' stinger hanging down. I came across it again when I got home, it looked like it was building a nest in the ground. I looked online and I THINK it was a cicada killer wasp. Fortunately, I read they are not real aggressive toward humans. Anyone else had a similar experience with one of these big boys?
    I've run into those before. It's kind of neat to see them when they're actually carrying a dead cicada. They can barely fly, and move really slow. They're absolutely giant though. If one decided to sting you on the arm, it might just poke a hole all the way through!


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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Was walking the dogs last night and a giant wasp-type thing flew right over my head. It was so big I thought it was small bird until I saw the the black & yellow markings and its giant frickin' stinger hanging down. I came across it again when I got home, it looked like it was building a nest in the ground. I looked online and I THINK it was a cicada killer wasp. Fortunately, I read they are not real aggressive toward humans. Anyone else had a similar experience with one of these big boys?
    These people have http://www.cyclonefanatic.com/forum/...-up-close.html



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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    They are intimidating as hell, especially when they are carrying a Cicada. That being said, they are harmless.



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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    I suppose I didn't account for the fact that the OP might be a cicada.



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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    It's more afraid of you than you are of it.
    I don't think they are afraid of anything. They mess with my dog all the time and they have had no problem buzzing around me. I feel like they know how intimidating they are and they almost mess with you for fun.



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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    I don't think they are afraid of anything. They mess with my dog all the time and they have had no problem buzzing around me. I feel like they know how intimidating they are and they almost mess with you for fun.
    Sort of like a Cicada killer wasp troll



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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    I don't think they are afraid of anything. They mess with my dog all the time and they have had no problem buzzing around me. I feel like they know how intimidating they are and they almost mess with you for fun.
    That's just what you're supposed to say when people are scared of things like that I think.



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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    That's just what you're supposed to say when people are scared of things like that I think.
    I ******* hate bees. These things defiantly make me uncomfortable even though I know they wont do anything...



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    Re: Cicada killer wasp

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    I ******* hate bees. These things defiantly make me uncomfortable even though I know they wont do anything...
    I have a completely unnatural fear of bees, so I definitely understand.



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