Recent content by joe o'hara

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    Pretty big hornet

    Upon doing a bit more research, I think that this was actually a European Hornet (Vespa crabro), based on the dorsal markings and its size (way too big to be a yellowjacket queen, and the wrong color and too small to be a Giant Asian Hornet (Vespa maricopa). According to the Wikipedia article...
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    Pretty big hornet

    You betcha. I may be stupid, but I'm not crazy. Considering how common yellowjackets are in this area, a queen was the first thing I thought of. I could not find a reference on the internet that gave a good description of their size. This one is about twice the body length of your typical...
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    Pretty big hornet

    With Asian Giant Hornets in the news, this is about the last thing I needed to see buzzing around behind the curtains in my front window this morning. I'm guessing it might be a yellowjacket queen-- anyone care to make an ID? Note, I have it tied down to the card with a piece of white wire, so...
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    Deep Run access

    I was thinking of heading out to Deep Run and Hampton Forge to do some photography. What's a good way in? Hampton Road? Glossy Spung? I'm willing to walk a bit but not hours. I drive a Forester. Thanks.
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    Mites!

    I spoke too soon when I said they were all gone-- it was Sunday and they were sleeping in. I went out later that day when they showed up and tried to look at them with a magnifier, and found that they started hopping out of the way! My impression is that they looked like your picture here. Based...
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    Mites!

    They all started to disappear once it started to cool off later in the evening. None to be seen this morning. Maybe they heard me muttering about the toads. Strange how many critters are all around us, that we almost never see.
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    Mites!

    Came home from the store today, and I found my trash can, deck, and grill all covered with thousands of mites. I am guessing that the warm weather woke them up. Silly mites! I suppose they won't be able to go back to where they were before when it gets cold again (next year maybe). They are even...
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    Reflections at Friendship

    There is never a bad day in the woods. :) Very true. Here are two pictures from the Black Run Preserve, yesterday. First post here. Hope you enjoy them. Cheers Joe