Stinging Insects & Red Tip Blooms

I stood among hundreds of flying, stinging insects by the red tip hedge trying to catch close up pictures as the wind blew madly.  Against all odds I managed to capture a few of the different insects without getting stung.

The Mighty – Yellow Jacket, the meanest of the stinging insects.

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The Honey Bee, from my husband’s hive.

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One of the smaller Wasps we have here in Arkansas.

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Then I found caterpillars on the red tip hedge. They  hatch out every Spring and devour trees and shrubs.  Time to haul out the bug spray for these critters.

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13 thoughts on “Stinging Insects & Red Tip Blooms

  1. Nice Pics lizzie – hope you did not get stung!? Your smaller wasp looks like our “mud” wasp – good bug, not a bad bug (actually eats bad bugs like aphids) and doesn’t sting humans. I think you also need to get rid of your “caterpillars” asap – they look more like “web worms” which can do major damage and can easily spread from tree/plant/bush to another. We cut off our infected areas and burn them. Was real bad here when we first bought our farm – no problem with them now – woo hoo!

  2. Ugh, tent caterpillars! (Also, I love to see all the different names people have for them across the country.)

    We saw a very little bee yesterday at my parents’ house. It was a great sign of spring.

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