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Thu Jun 17, 2021, 04:58 PM

I picked up a wasp with my fingers and

didn't mean to. Didn't even know that's what I was picking up.

I was gardening and felt something on my neck. I reached to the back of my neck and picked off whatever. I was very preoccupied and not really thinking about it.

When I put the "whatever" down and saw it was a black wasp and he walked off without stinging me, I was shocked!

Never heard of such a thing. I thought stinging for wasps was instinctive.

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Reply I picked up a wasp with my fingers and (Original post)
NJCher Jun 2021 OP
Cracklin Charlie Jun 2021 #1
Arkansas Granny Jun 2021 #10
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 2021 #2
Croney Jun 2021 #3
Freddie Jun 2021 #8
leftieNanner Jun 2021 #4
woodsprite Jun 2021 #5
NJCher Jun 2021 #6
Mr.Bill Jun 2021 #7
bucolic_frolic Jun 2021 #9
Kali Jun 2021 #11
Botany Jun 2021 #12
Mariana Jun 2021 #14
NJCher Jul 2021 #16
Botany Jul 2021 #17
NJCher Jul 2021 #18
Botany Jul 2021 #19
Mariana Jun 2021 #13
Lars39 Jul 2021 #15

Response to NJCher (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 05:00 PM

1. I think they try to keep their stinger if possible.

Lucky you. I got stung last year on the forearm last year right outside the front door.

Those things hurt.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 05:45 PM

10. Wasps don't lose their stinger when they sting. It's smooth, not

barbed like a bee. They can sting repeatedly.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 05:01 PM

2. Fascinating.

I know nothing about wasps, but your story makes me think stinging isn't that instinctive.

Thank you for posting.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 05:04 PM

3. I guess that's worse than what I took off myself today.

A tick, trying to embed on my lower abdomen. Dog must have brought it in. You must have grabbed the wasp just right!

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Response to Croney (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 05:16 PM

8. I pulled a tick off the back of my neck today

Still grossed out. Probably came from my grandcat who was on my lap. I wish they wouldn’t let her out but once they get a taste of the outdoors they like it too much.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 05:09 PM

4. Waspy knew

That you had to cook those delicious Italian sausages for dinner tonight and didn't want to injure your chef's fingers!

(I read your What's for Dinner post.)

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 05:11 PM

5. You did much better than me when I was a kid

I would catch honeybees when they landed on clover because I thought they looked fuzzy and cute. Apparently I tried to kiss one after my mom told me to leave them alone.

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 05:15 PM

6. --

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 05:15 PM

7. I'm 67 years old

and I have never been stung by a bee or a wasp in my life. Lucky, I guess.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 05:28 PM

9. They're all out there

Big orange bees, giant European hornets, black hornets, some kind of black shiny hornet bees with white diamonds on their backs, super giant hornet moth (which is harmless but will scare the bee-Jesus out of you). And I get snakes but that's subject for another thread.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 08:26 PM

11. wasps may or may not sting

I have grabbed them accidentally many times sometimes they sting sometimes not, I have even purposely let them rescue themselves from the pool by crawling on my hand. would never do that with a bee. bees are stupid and ungrateful.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sun Jun 20, 2021, 11:39 AM

12. Wasps are beneficial, they are pollinators, they control garden "pests," they almost never...

... sting humans because the wasps like the one you touched is most likely a female and the important
use in "the wasp world" of its stinger is not to sting other critters (except if you were squeezing it in your
hands or were trying to eat a live one and then they would sting you) but to paralyze other bugs, caterpillars,
and or spiders at which they deposit the paralyzed critter into its nest which already has a fertilized egg
in it as a food source for its next generation. Using up its stinger on you to that wasp would be a waste.




Is this the vespid in question?


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Response to Botany (Reply #12)

Sat Jun 26, 2021, 03:51 PM

14. Some kind of wasps are pollinating my pepper plants right now.

They're doing a great job, too - lots of baby peppers on the plants. No idea what species, but these wasps are pretty small.

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Response to Botany (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 04:26 PM

16. wasp color

Hey, Botany, thanks for the response. I just saw this when I saw new posts on this thread.

It appears we have many circumstances when wasps don't sting, unbeknownst to me. Thanks to all the posters who responded with information.

It has been so long now that I can't recall if it was pure black or had some black and white to it. I think the latter, but wouldn't swear to it.

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Response to NJCher (Reply #16)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 04:45 PM

17. I plant native plants and it is amazing how close you can

get to bees and wasps and how little they want to sting you.

Doug Tallamy's Bringing Nature Home & Nature's Best Hope are very good books and the Xercis Society is good too. We need all them little crtters.

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Response to Botany (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 7, 2021, 12:40 PM

18. with you 100% on that

I just finished Deer Resistant Plants of the Northeast (Clauson) which tells of plants that you put in your front yard and that deer don't want to eat.

I'm getting native plants into the school gardens I manage, too. I love seeing the place full of bees and butterflies--and wasps, too.

Thanks for those suggestions: I am going to check to see if they're available at my public library.

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Response to NJCher (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 7, 2021, 01:05 PM

19. Any questions let me know

You might want to see if you can make the school gardens into Doug Tallamy's backyard national
park project.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sat Jun 26, 2021, 03:41 PM

13. Some species are more eager to sting than others.

Seems like the most aggressive ones have the most painful stings.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Tue Jul 6, 2021, 03:51 PM

15. Only females sting iirc

My grandpa used to freak my grandma out by mashing them by hand. He could tell the difference.

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