//Stinging Insects

Cicada Killer Wasps

2015-12-14T17:45:48+00:00

Cicada killers are large predatory wasps that hunt cicada in order to paralyze them to be placed in chambers as a food source for their young.  Areas that are typically inhabited by cicada killer wasps are typically ones with well drained soil near trees or shrubs where cicadas are present with a sandy loose soil.  [...]

Cicada Killer Wasps2015-12-14T17:45:48+00:00

Colorado’s Scorpions

2018-08-03T17:53:51+00:00

Scorpions are found throughout the nation, particularly in warmer climates. As Colorado falls in that category, it is not uncommon to see scorpions in those creepy cracks and crevices like piles of rocks or leaves and in wood piles or sheds. When you do see them, they are generally not welcome house guests, and it's [...]

Colorado’s Scorpions2018-08-03T17:53:51+00:00

Velvet Ants

2015-12-14T17:37:40+00:00

More than 55 species of velvet ants inhabit Colorado and at least one or another of the velvet ants can be found in most areas of the state with the exclusion of higher elevations.  Lower elevations of open fields of prairie short grass in both eastern and western Colorado are common habitats in which to [...]

Velvet Ants2015-12-14T17:37:40+00:00

Golden Digger Wasp

2015-12-14T17:37:18+00:00

The golden digger wasp is a solitary wasp common in many areas of North America as well as south into Mexico, Central America, South America and other areas of the Caribbean.  Size ranges from over ½ inch to up to 2 inches in some reported sightings.  Golden digger wasps have large amber colored wings that [...]

Golden Digger Wasp2015-12-14T17:37:18+00:00

Mud Daubers

2015-12-14T17:36:57+00:00

Solitary wasps whose common name comes from the mud nests they construct out of mud.  Mud daubers have slender, threadlike waists.  Typically ½ to 1 inch in length, these wasps are typically very placid unless handled roughly.  Nests are often located in barns, garages and under the eaves of houses in urban setting where as [...]

Mud Daubers2015-12-14T17:36:57+00:00

Bumble Bees

2018-08-03T17:53:51+00:00

Bumble Bee on Sunflower Adult bumble bees are large at roughly ¾ inch in length.  They have black with yellow or orange colored hair patterns on their abdomen giving them a very fuzzy appearance.  Both queens and workers have pollen baskets on their hind legs that are utilized in carrying pollen back to [...]

Bumble Bees2018-08-03T17:53:51+00:00

Baldfaced Hornets

2018-08-03T17:53:51+00:00

Found across a majority of the United States and Canada, baldfaced hornets are not a ‘true’ hornet, they are an aerial yellowjacket.  The only ‘true’ hornet in North America is the European hornet, which is an accidentally introduced species.  The baldfaced hornet’s name comes from the white to ivory colored markings on its face.  Ivory [...]

Baldfaced Hornets2018-08-03T17:53:51+00:00

Western Yellowjackets

2018-08-03T17:53:52+00:00

Western yellowjackets are a ground or cavity nesting species common in Colorado.  A medium sized wasp, western yellowjackets are black with uneven bright yellow bands.  They have a narrowed, waist-like appearance where the thorax and abdomen meet.  Mated queens overwinter reemerging in the late winter to early spring to begin feeding and building a new [...]

Western Yellowjackets2018-08-03T17:53:52+00:00

“Bee”ing Bee Friendly

2018-08-03T17:53:52+00:00

It is not uncommon for clients to ask for referrals to beekeepers for swarms and/or colonies of honeybees that have taken up residence.  We are happy to provide referrals in these cases as we understand the concern that is circulating concerning the declining number of honeybees.  We also receive calls each year from beekeepers offering [...]

“Bee”ing Bee Friendly2018-08-03T17:53:52+00:00

Honey Bee Swarm – Dos and Don’ts

2018-08-03T17:53:52+00:00

Honey Bee Cluster carefully exposed and ready for relocation. Honey bees clustered in a lilac bush. Swarming is a honey bee colony’s method of reproduction.  Most commonly occurring in spring, the old queen and approximately half of her workers leave the current nest and fly off in search of a new [...]

Honey Bee Swarm – Dos and Don’ts2018-08-03T17:53:52+00:00