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Post  jjocsak 9/25/2013, 8:27 am

They swarm about 1 foot above the ground in swarms of a couple dozen.
Sometimes they are seen around my tomatoes.
You can walk right through them and they do not sting.
They look like some form of Parasitic wasp.
Can anyone ID this for me?

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Post  camprn 9/25/2013, 8:33 am

It certainly looks like a type of wasp. For identification try bugguide.net or your local County Extension Service.

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Post  bnoles 9/25/2013, 8:48 am

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Post  jjocsak 9/25/2013, 8:48 am

I tried bugguide.net but couldn't find it.

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Post  jjocsak 9/25/2013, 8:50 am

bnoles wrote:http://bugguide.net/node/view/144358
Wow that's it. How did you find that?

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Post  bnoles 9/25/2013, 8:58 am

jjocsak wrote:
bnoles wrote:http://bugguide.net/node/view/144358
Wow that's it. How did you find that?

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Post  jjocsak 9/25/2013, 9:28 am

So I guess to best way to search for something on Bugguide.net is to search through the pics?

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Post  Pollinator 9/25/2013, 9:30 am

If you have a nesting site (and that's what your description sounds like), you are blessed indeed. I would protect that site with care. These wasps feed on Japanese beetle grubs, as well as other soil born grubs.
As you note, they are quite laid back and very unlikely to sting, if you stay calm.
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Post  camprn 9/25/2013, 10:32 am

jjocsak wrote:So I guess to best way to search for something on Bugguide.net  is to search through the pics?

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It is a good idea to know the basics of bug anatomy to start your search and hunt through photos by region. For example, you knew you had what you thought was a wasp, not a beetle nor a true bug.

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Post  Triciasgarden 9/25/2013, 1:59 pm

Jeff those are great pictures you got!  This is such a good example of keeping a good balance of nature.  Some people might have thought a wasp and killed them all, not even knowing they were beneficial.
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Post  gregrenee88 9/27/2013, 4:49 pm

So that is what that is!! I've seen these around this past summer but couldn't figure out what they were. I figured some type of hornet. Are these things between 1"-2" long?
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Post  jjocsak 9/27/2013, 5:47 pm

1"-1 1/4" but not 2".


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Post  mrwes40 9/28/2013, 7:35 am

I first thought do to the size it was a cicada killer wasp, but they have yellow bands.

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Post  gregrenee88 9/28/2013, 1:12 pm

jjocsak wrote:1"-1 1/4" but not 2".


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Ok, that makes a little more sense. I've seen them in our yard before but we were at an amusement park back at the end of July, and in this one particular area there was a swarm of them. I've never seen a wasp quite that big before...yuck. They look wicked! Shocked 
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Western Yellow jacket?  They don't seem to mind me working near them and they aren't aggressive. I thought they were suppose to be aggressive. ?? Bug ID. Is it a wasp? Wasp_110
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Post  Scorpio Rising 7/6/2018, 11:14 pm

Looks like one to me!

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Post  sanderson 7/7/2018, 1:45 am

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