Saturday, September 4, 2010

What are these?! With pictures.

In my back yard a little while ago, the kids found these large and frightening things:

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Is this one above some kind of wasp (all three pictures are of the same bug) and the one below a bee (again all pictures are of the same bee thing)? Hubby thinks they’re both bees and that the one below is a black bumble bee (I’d never heard of one before and looked it up . . . it’s possible, I suppose, but the wings look to big for a bumble bee IMO).


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  Here they are together:



Strange . . . I’ve never seen them around here before but they freaked us out pretty good. They are BIG (you can see a bit of the chain link fence behind them for reference)! I didn’t want to get too close and don’t have a great zoom lens so sorry if the pictures aren’t the greatest.

Can anyone identify them?

Help on!


  1. I'm currently freaked out!!! I hate bugs but I really hope someone can find out what they are and possibly help you out!!!

    Your blog is great!!! I look forward to following you on the road to publication!!! I'm in the same boat. :)

  2. Thanks! I saw more of the chunky black ones today in the front yard. I hurried into the house!!

    I love meeting other authors who are pursuing publication. Thanks for visiting. I'll go check out your blog!

  3. Hi Joan. I'm sorry I can't be much help, but I have no idea what those things out except that they freak me out!

    I too am an writer on the road to finishing a novel (and maybe publishing it?) and I love meeting like-minded writers.