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So I was adding some film canisters to my luec tank and I heard a loud flying sound. I about screamed like a lil kid who almost stepped on a rattle snake. It was a large black wasp with blueish wing. I freaking great black wasp is in my tank. How the eff did it get in there? Lol most my fruitflie barely escape but yet a wasp manages to get into my tank. Does anyone know if it will hurt my frogs? It's dark and I don't want to start messing with this wasp. Any thoughts would be great. :)
 

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I'm sure you can shoo it out peacefully if you remain calm and collected. Every encounter I have with wasps and yellow jackets, I politely ask them to leave my personal bubble as I coax them away. Any "swift" or aggressive movements will surely startle it and put him in defense mode. I certainly wouldn't leave it in there.

try trapping it in a soda bottle. Who knows, you could freeze it and make a wasp kite
 

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you may not have a fly at all you may have a soldier fly its larva may have been in the substrate they mimic a mud dobber wasp but does not have a stinger,can you take a pic?
 

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you may not have a wasp at all you may have a soldier fly its larva may have been in the substrate they mimic a mud dobber wasp but does not have a stinger,can you take a pic?
 

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Two things - Grrrrit, there is no effing way I'd remain calm in the presence of a great big wasp. I be runnin fer da hills ~ Give me snake, tho, and I'm a happy camper.

2nd thing - I do believe that MDFrogger is correct. It probably is a black solder fly and if there is one, there may be more.

Oh, and one more 2nd thing - I'll go with Steve's vacuum idea any ol' day. I love vacuuming up mean old bugs. I also get a kick out of spraying them with hairspray, especially wayward fruitflies and houseflies. I wouldn't do that inside a tank, though ~

Okay, QRich - get yer big boy britches on and handle that bug. Get a pix, though, so we can tell you what kind of anti-venom you'll need :D

All better now? Good. My job is done.

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So I am trying to get a pic but I have confirmed that it is def a great black wasp. No doubt in my mind. Blueish wings black body sounds like a monster when it flys. Lol we have these stupid things in Colorado and the sting well in compared to being bite by a bullet ant.
 

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Everyone look up great black wasp. That is what i am dealing with. Looks exacty like it.
 

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OMG ! Sell the house and MOVE !

Okay, since this isn't an option, your other best bet is the vacuum cleaner hose. I've used DustBusters before, but the wasps were mainly red wasps and yellow jackets. Grrrit's bottle idea is pretty good, too.

I read that theses wasps are burrowers and they sleep in their burrows at night. I personally would be worried that a wasp the size of a Leuc would sting it to death. Maybe it would be better to lift the hood and let the dang thing out into the house. I'm sure you'd rather mangle the house trying to kill the wasp than have it kill your Leucs.

Ugh......
 

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If you can't vacuum it, and you could easily remove the frogs, use a CO2 bomb.

Grrrt - I appreciate your ability to remain calm and shoo them away, but I'm no wasp whisperer myself. They sting first and ask questions later. I got into a yellow jacket nest collecting leaves last summer. Three or four hit me at once and I sprinted out of the woods, screaming like a little girl, and they chased me all the way to my car and were buzzing around the window.

I had to come back later covered in a hoody sweatshirt, a face mask, goggles and covered with trash bags just to retrieve my stuff.

Whoa! I paused for a moment and looked it up. Forget the CO2 and do the following: Remove the frogs, seal the viv, take it to a well ventilated open area outside your house, drill a small hole in through some plastic part of the viv and inject about a quart of gasoline, attach a long fruse, then stand back and light it.
 

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JimO, am I feeling some kind of latent aggression building up here? I mean, I'm all for blowing up the neighborhood to get rid of a wasp infestation, but sumptin tells me that the local authorities won't see the good in it as we do.

You might be on to something, tho. If the tank is small enuf to be toted outside and the lid opened up, I'm thinking that big black nasty will buzz out on its own.

The visual of you sailing out of the woods, screaming like a lil girl had me in stitches, until I got to the part of you dressed in a hoody and the black plastic bags. You're lucky that you weren't arrested, or at least, put in a straightjacket.

QRich, is any of this helpful at all to you? I'm getting kick out of it ~

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Feed phoenix worms before? That's what they turn into - soldier flies. They look like big black wasps with bluish wings. My terribs love them.
 

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JimO, am I feeling some kind of latent aggression building up here? I mean, I'm all for blowing up the neighborhood to get rid of a wasp infestation, but sumptin tells me that the local authorities won't see the good in it as we do.
There is no latent aggression, it's right out there in the open. I hate wasps and fire ants and mosquitos, and horseflies. I never used to bother biting or stinging insects except in self defense or in defense of my kids. But, it really ticks me off when neurotic yellow jackets get aggressive in the fall just because their society is falling apart and they know that they'll all die before winter. And, when an insect or arachnid (ticks and chiggers) wants to feed on my blood (which I happen to need), it's all out war. Why can't they feed on discarded stuff like snot, ear wax or spit?

The visual of you sailing out of the woods, screaming like a lil girl had me in stitches, until I got to the part of you dressed in a hoody and the black plastic bags. You're lucky that you weren't arrested, or at least, put in a straightjacket.
I am so glad that my misfortunes entertain others. Considering the fact that I usually only get likes on posts like this one, I have come to the conclusion that my main contribution to DB is comic relief. But, making others laugh is a past-time of mine and a noble endeavor.

Some day I'll tell the story of my summer-long feud with a spider monkey named stubby at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm many years ago. Let's just say that I worked there as a teen and he started it by pulling my hair and banging my head against the fence when I bent down to pick up the banana he dropped. I also hate monkeys.

Sorry to digress. Kristi has a point. If you can carry the viv outside and remove the lid - problem solved.
 

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Boy, that would suck...:D
I saw the same thing, Bill. And then I thought to myself, Self - if I was to suck up that burrowing wasp, I'll probably suck up the entire substrate and all of my frogs. Whoa, there goes the coco hut.....
 

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Bill,

That is hysterical. I love the way they try to describe basically smashing a wasp like it's a complex lab experiment.

Oh and Kristi, note the first step - dressing in protective clothing. There is nothing in there about not wearing plastic trash bags. I just don't recommend it in Florida during the middle of a sunny afternoon.

I forgot to mention that when I first "encountered" the yellow jackets, the sprinting (probably 8.5 second 100 m) and little girl screams were accompanied by wild swatting and thrashing. I was probably hit over a dozen times. It would have made a great YouTube video.
Wait till it is asleep at night and use the hose off the vacum.
How to Kill a Great Black Wasp | eHow.com
 

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There is no latent aggression, it's right out there in the open. I hate wasps and fire ants and mosquitos, and horseflies. I never used to bother biting or stinging insects except in self defense or in defense of my kids. But, it really ticks me off when neurotic yellow jackets get aggressive in the fall just because their society is falling apart and they know that they'll all die before winter. And, when an insect or arachnid (ticks and chiggers) wants to feed on my blood (which I happen to need), it's all out war. Why can't they feed on discarded stuff like snot, ear wax or spit?



I am so glad that my misfortunes entertain others. Considering the fact that I usually only get likes on posts like this one, I have come to the conclusion that my main contribution to DB is comic relief. But, making others laugh is a past-time of mine and a noble endeavor.

Some day I'll tell the story of my summer-long feud with a spider monkey named stubby at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm many years ago. Let's just say that I worked there as a teen and he started it by pulling my hair and banging my head against the fence when I bent down to pick up the banana he dropped. I also hate monkeys.

Sorry to digress. Kristi has a point. If you can carry the viv outside and remove the lid - problem solved.
Jim, you've got to STOP ! I work in a cube farm and the prairie dogs around me are popping up to see what's so dang funny. And I CAN'T TELL THEM !

I DO want to hear about the monkey, tho - deal me in.
 

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Jim, you've got to STOP ! I work in a cube farm and the prairie dogs around me are popping up to see what's so dang funny. And I CAN'T TELL THEM !
Here's a couple for you:

What do you call a cow with no leg? Ground beef.

How about a pig with no legs? A groundhog, of course.

And a dog with no legs? It doesn't matter. He won't come anyway.

Sorry.

Show us the dead carcass if you manage to kill the wasp.
 
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