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    I am participating in my state's citizen scientist trapping program. So far I am catching lots of yellow jackets and bald faced hornets (which I mail to the state weekly), thankfully no AGH so far.

    So far there have been five confirmed sightings in the wild, all in Whatcom County (US/Canadian border on the mainland), and now they have their first AGH caught in a trap.

    https://agr.wa.gov/about-wsda/news-a...?article=31413

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    I've read about those big bugs....horrible...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by polevaultpower View Post
      I am catching lots of yellow jackets and bald faced hornets (which I mail to the state weekly)
      We all have our own quirky hobbies!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Atticus View Post
        We all have our own quirky hobbies!!
        Next step up from Crazy Cat Lady 🤣

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Atticus View Post
          We all have our own quirky hobbies!!
          You wouldn't catch me anywhere near one of those big bugs...eek!

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          • #6
            Well, Conor, now we know what techniques to use in your interrogation.

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            • #7
              Indeed....show me one and I'll spill all the beans....

              When I lived in Nepal my worse memories are the huge spiders they had.....horrible...
              Last edited by Conor Dary; 07-31-2020, 06:25 PM.

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              • #8
                My specialty since moving to the country is hunting yellow jackets, particularly queens in the spring. Around here each dead spring queen is worth about 5,000 worker yellow jackets later in the summer. Last year we had 130 queens, this year 109. Both years were reasonably yellow jacket free in July. The rest of the stinging bugs tend to keep to themselves but yellow jackets are aggressive bastards.

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                • #9
                  The photo in the news release linked in the OP did not really show the size of these things, so I had to look further. Wow.

                  https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/murder-hornets-photo/
                  Last edited by wamego relays champ; 07-31-2020, 10:57 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bad hammy View Post
                    My specialty since moving to the country is hunting yellow jackets, particularly queens in the spring. Around here each dead spring queen is worth about 5,000 worker yellow jackets later in the summer. Last year we had 130 queens, this year 109. Both years were reasonably yellow jacket free in July. The rest of the stinging bugs tend to keep to themselves but yellow jackets are aggressive bastards.
                    I'm not afraid of most stinging insects that I come in contact with the exception of yellow jackets. Them bugs are crazy!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Atticus View Post
                      We all have our own quirky hobbies!!
                      Just trying to help, I'm not really a bug person, but it has been interesting to learn about bald faced hornets. I never noticed them before, but I am seeing them in the garden too, which is several hundred feet from my trap.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by polevaultpower View Post
                        Just trying to help,
                        I was being silly. I think it's great that you're willing to do that. As noted above, them bugs are crazy!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by polevaultpower View Post

                          Just trying to help, I'm not really a bug person, but it has been interesting to learn about bald faced hornets. I never noticed them before, but I am seeing them in the garden too, which is several hundred feet from my trap.
                          I admire you're doing it. Bees, etc. are all necessary parts of the ecosystem.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by polevaultpower View Post
                            I am participating in my state's citizen scientist trapping program. So far I am catching lots of yellow jackets and bald faced hornets (which I mail to the state weekly), thankfully no AGH so far.

                            So far there have been five confirmed sightings in the wild, all in Whatcom County (US/Canadian border on the mainland), and now they have their first AGH caught in a trap.

                            https://agr.wa.gov/about-wsda/news-a...?article=31413
                            Sounds fascinating .
                            "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                            by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post

                              I admire you're doing it. Bees, etc. are all necessary parts of the ecosystem.
                              Thankfully no bees in my official trap yet.

                              I made a similar trap for my garden, but took it down after it killed two bees. I used the same bait (OJ/Rice wine) but maybe the trap was too low.

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