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Thanks! It always surprises me how few people know that happens.Michael Bootz wrote:
That's pretty cool, Bullethead!
I just happened to find out what the strange insect from post #146 is. It is actually called common scorpionfly (Panorpa communis).
Yellowjackets here, even when far from their nests, will often fly up and bite off a hunk of your skin, usually on the back of the neck. Apparently they're feeling peckish after a long foraging trip. It feels like a horsefly bite so you give it the sort of gentle slap that would kill a horsefly without hurting yourself, but this just annoys the armored yellowjacket so now it will sting you as well. As if frequently discovering their nests the hard way while mowing the lawn wasn't bad enough . Last year they nearly killed a local guy that way, who turned out to be allergic. These hymenopteran landmines can have a good few thousand of them down the hole, more like a beehive than the typical wasp nest. That's enough stings to give even a beekeeper a hard time.Michael Bootz wrote:
Wasps are usually not all that aggressive here, except if you get close to their nest. Not sure why these are different, but I don't mind