Do you know the difference?

Allow me to introduce you to the Yellow Jacket Wasp.

Profanity Warning!

These little bastards are fucking mean! They are considered to be beneficial because they eat other insects like mosquitoes, apids and the like. I have become acquainted with them, quite painfully 6 times in the past week.

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Yellow Jacket

They will defend the colony very aggressively. A giant, pushing/chasing a lawnmower over the nest is to be attacked mercilessly. The sting is painful initially leaving a sharp ache the rest of the day.

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Ground-nesting insects

When the ache subsides, what you are left with is not unlike a large mosquito bite that itches for a week or more. I am amazed at the tenacity and courage of these little fuckers. Imagine giving your life trying to kill a creature several thousand times your size to defend the queen and her brood.

What I have learned.

  1. They only nest annually
  2. Only the inseminated queen survives the cold winters (not sure how I don’t care)
  3. She starts a new colony in spring
  4. Late summer the nest is at its highest density (ah now I am beginning to understand)
  5. Upon discovery stay away, let them settle down and take another pass if necessary.

The Takeaway. I have a profound curiosity for all of God’s creatures. There is something to be learned from nature that I can apply to the miracle of life and existence.

Courage, what are you willing to give your life for? Survival of a representative republic?(that’s a worthy blog post by itself) Tenacity, How adamant are you about your faith? I feel I could be better. Defense of your family. I know I can be hard on them, but I only want what’s best and will expect the same in return.

God bless all of you and thank you for reading to the end.

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15 thoughts on “Do you know the difference?

  1. Having grown up in a rural part of CA USA I know that craft well. You see all levels there. From hobby keepers to industrial outfits that haul them by truck and trailer from orchard to alfalfa field

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  2. Never took much thought to wasps till I got stung for the first time ever this summer, we were sitting out in the yard, I felt something on my neck, and when I brushed it, to go, I felt the most intense pain and numbness I was yelling on the top of my lungs do something!!!! my friends said, to put earth., I did! I felt the sting for a week, even had difficulty turning my head… I have been paranoid since! 😦

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  3. I didn’t know the yellow jacket make nests in the ground. That explains why I got stung on my finger. I was mowing my mom’s back yard and they attracted. I tried to run away and jump in her pool but they followed me…not without one burying their stinker in my finger. My entire hand swelled up. I’m allergic to bees. Needs less to say I have me Epi pen with me. How crazy are they. 🖤💛

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