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Message 1281616 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 19:45:40 UTC - in response to Message 1281611.

I was out mowing my rather large back yard for the last time this year. The front gets mowed on a regular basis, but the back is a bit rustic.

I was about 1/4 done, and felt something like a big fat fly land in my hair. Brushed it away with my hand. Then I started to see a lot of spots before my eyes. And they were not flies.

Seems that in my previous pass down the yard, I had mowed over an underground bee hive. It was never there before. By the time I got back up that way, they was looking for ME, and angry as all get out.

Pretty soon, I'z a steppin' and a fetchin' like in the old Charlie Daniels song. It was all I could do to dive back in and get the mower shut off. Managed to swat most of them away, but at least one managed to get up inside my t-shirt and zap me right in the side. Man, that hurts. (Note to self....tuck the t-shirt in when mowing the lawn.)

I got a welt the size of a silver dollar, and the sucker is dead on top of one of my ribs. An hour later, it aches like heck. Just took some ibuprofen to try to calm it down. I don't think I've been stung by a bee for 40 years, and I sure didn't miss it...LOL.

I'm not gonna bother 'em. They looked like your average size honeybees, not wasps. The earth needs honeybees. After letting them calm down for about 20 minutes, I was able to go back to finishing the mowing, and they didn't bother me anymore. I probably would not have been stung if the one had not got caught up inside my shirt.

I'll jess go back and poke a marker of some kind in the ground back there to remind me that they might still be there next spring when I mow for the first time. I sure won't forget what the marker means!

Yeah the earth needs all the honey bees it can spare, glad they weren't killer bees though, hopefully You'll feel better in a bit...
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Message 1281620 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 19:57:36 UTC

Antihistamines are better than ibuprofen for getting rid of the pain of bee stings. Learnt the hard way a few years back by "discovering" a swarm that had been disturbed by kids chucking stuff at them.
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Message 1281630 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 20:11:28 UTC

Perhaps some on and off applications of ice will reduce the swelling?

Sorry to hear you got stung. Fascinated to hear that honeybees have underground hives in Wisconsin! I wonder if that is because it is so much more cold up there than out here. In our area we have wasps that nest underground (and everywhere else), but the honeybees seem to build their hives in trees (or in structures provided by beekeepers.)

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Message 1281637 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 20:33:29 UTC

Lucky for me even with half a liver I don’t react to insect stings. You can also apply monosodium glutamate to the sting area for pain relief. Hope you don't have any more symptoms.

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Message 1281665 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 21:47:14 UTC

I once sat down on a lovely patch of grass, and a bee stung me in the arse.
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Message 1281670 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 22:00:59 UTC

Those sound like like Yellow Jackets, not Honey Bees.
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Message 1281691 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 22:37:40 UTC

I posted this one a few weeks ago when our Pun War involved Class Insecta, but given Mark's unfortunate accident, I thought I'd repost it for appreciation by a larger audience.

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Message 1281699 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 22:54:49 UTC - in response to Message 1281695.

Those sound like like Yellow Jackets, not Honey Bees.

You are probably right, John.

Well no matter what, stay away from them, they seem to own that section of land and they out number Ya...
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Message 1281705 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 23:03:17 UTC

Those sound like like Yellow Jackets, not Honey Bees.


They are indeed. Been at this home for 17 years and encounter them often during the grass cutting season.

Got a bite the other week when I unknowingly weed-eated over their hole.

Hurt like Holy Hell, swelled-up for a week, and caused a black/blue area under my fingernail which is still there.

They DO NOT LIKE BLUE CLOTHING. DO NOT WEAR BLUE!

I let them bee and they usually are seen buzzing around close to the ground. I walk around them often, but if the nest is disturbed, they get angry and chase me down.

Every nest I've seen them at, the next year or so, they are not there. Always buzzing around to different holes.

Been bit a few times thru the years. This bite was the worst.

Old age and weaker immune system I guess. OuchBa.

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Message 1281707 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 23:04:37 UTC

Bees are fuzzy, I think, and wasps are smooth.

I swooped over an outdoor pet dish once, years ago, wearing a long nightgown. I did not realize that there was a carnivorous little yellow jacket in that pet dish enjoying some tasty cat food. I somehow managed to get a yellow jacket caught in my nightgown. It seems they can sting more than once. Not pleasant!

Once the welts stopped hurting and just started itching, I found that a poultice of baking soda helped a little.

Hope you feel better real soon.

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Message 1281714 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 23:19:47 UTC
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This is apparently a yellow jacket in the US and a common wasp in europe



This is a worker bee



Wasps can sting multiple times, bees just once.
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Message 1281716 - Posted: 8 Sep 2012, 23:24:44 UTC - in response to Message 1281714.

This is apparently a yellow jacket in the US and a common wasp in europe



This is a worker bee



Wasps can sting multiple times, bees just once.

Bumble bees are awesome, wasps are not welcome in my garden.
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Message 1281724 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 0:05:24 UTC - in response to Message 1281716.
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This is apparently a yellow jacket in the US and a common wasp in europe



This is a worker bee



Wasps can sting multiple times, bees just once.

Bumble bees are awesome, wasps are not welcome in my garden.

Yep, Bumble bees are awesome, Wasps here hang their nests up under a houses or sheds eaves and aren't liked, but then it's open season on wasps here...
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Message 1281727 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 0:14:02 UTC

I think yellow jackets eat other insects. Not exactly sure. If they eat mosquitoes and flies, then they are welcome in my garden.

Yellow jackets are pests at picnics and barbecues, but I've found that giving them their own small piece of meat (a tablespoon or so) off to the side of the backyard party sometimes helps to keep them off of the foods I'm trying to serve to my guests. I often serve the yellow jackets their meat on a big yellow paper plate. I've heard that flies are attracted to yellow, so I gamble that wasps might be too. Not sure if they are though.

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Message 1281792 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 5:56:19 UTC

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