Need Wasp and Spider ID - Warning - PICS!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by TheBrumstead, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. TheBrumstead

    TheBrumstead Songster

    May 9, 2011
    Hobart, IN
    I've seen this wasp twice. The first time, she/he was divebombing a dead cicada and sounded like a helicopter. When I went to take pics of the spider, it nicely landed on the window. It's at least 4 inches long. I've never seen one this big (we're in Northwest IN). It has yellow markings on it's back.



    And here's the spider... we have had these around the house for the last two years. Their webs are huge, at least 3 foot across. I couldn't get the best pic from the house, but here's what I got. Spray does not kill them. There are two webs with two spiders on this window. It's out of the way, so I've left them for now. There's one by the back door that keeps getting taken down, and another by the hose spigot that also keeps getting taken down and rebuilt. My husband has messed with the web and they take off. I don't mind (much) if they are out of the way, but need to know if they are poisonous, etc. I have a very adventurous 2 year old.


    And now that I completely feel like things are crawling all over me... what do you think? What are they?
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    It's really hard to tell from the pics, but the wasp is probably a cicada killer wasp, given that you saw it going after a cicada and the apparent size of the wasp ( They are harmless.

    The spider is a female orb-weaver in the genus Neoscona. They too are completely harmless. If you keep disturbing their web (do it right after dark), they'll eventually move away.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Redhen is our BYC resident spider expert. PM her or better yet capture and mail the/all spiders to her. [​IMG]
  4. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    Pretty sure that the spider is a Golden Orb...don't know what the wasp is except scary [​IMG]
  5. ChickenAlgebra

    ChickenAlgebra Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    Cicada Killer Wasp. I love them. I will say, despite being allergic to wasp stings and having a more allergic toddler, those are welcome to stay because I can't stand cicadas. They really aren't prone to stinging people. 14 y/o DD caught a female inside, in her hands, and took it outside.
  6. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Midwest City
    Yup, Cicada Killer on the wasp - Orb on the spider. The spiders are scary-looking, but if the web is somewhere that isn't in your way, I'd leave it for their bug and fly-eating qualities. If there is a big zig-zag down the center of the web, it's definitely an Orb, otherwise known as common garden spider.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2011
  7. annageckos

    annageckos Crowing

    Sep 6, 2009
    SE PA
    All spiders have venom, but very few are dangerous to people.
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Yeah, what Sour said. [​IMG]

    I love our resident orb weavers. Beautiful webs to admire each summer.
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Quote:Oh boy. You. Are. In. Trouble. Big. Trouble! Consider moving to Mars--or wherever has the strange landscape where the turtle-lizard brother has long, long eyelashes.
  10. Yetti

    Yetti Songster

    Just saw this thread. I am in southern lower Michigan and I just saw one of the Cicada Wasps carrying a cicada to its nest while mowing in my backyard. it was huge without the extra mass of the bug it was carrying.

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