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Behold! [Aug. 22nd, 2005|06:56 pm]
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[User Picture]From: holom
2005-08-22 08:55 pm (UTC)
Woah. I bet the badass wasp got laid when he brought that back.
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[User Picture]From: dynagrip
2005-08-22 08:56 pm (UTC)
It was a female wasp. Apparently male wasps don't have stingers, because they're derived from ovipositors. I didn't know that until yesterday.

The more you know!
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[User Picture]From: apotheos
2005-08-23 09:35 am (UTC)
I have never ever seen a wasp that big, and am worried about the girlish sounds I would make should I ever be confronted by one.
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[User Picture]From: neutron
2006-03-17 11:35 pm (UTC)
If I could see it a little closer, I'd be more certain of this, but...

It's in the family Vespidae, probably in the genus Polistes.
The one someone linked to below is in the family Pompilidae, commonly called "tarantula hawks." Vespids are social, Pompilids are not- the Vespid's sting packs more of a punch (in my experience) because they sting for defense, while the solitary wasps tend to sting for prey immobilization.

And yeah, all the stingy ones are girls. Insert gender-analogy joke here.

-An entomologist who randomly stalked your journal via someone else's.
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[User Picture]From: sempronius
2005-08-23 10:13 am (UTC)
that'.. a wasp... oh god

don't mind me. I just like curling up into fetal positions. for fun.
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From: ourstorythusfar
2005-08-23 03:02 pm (UTC)

My money is on the wasp.
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[User Picture]From: bethlehem80
2005-08-24 11:24 am (UTC)
these pictures make the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. *shudder*
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