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Identifying a Flying Burrowing Insect

I have a flying bug in my front yard that resembles a bee, but is much bigger. It has dug 2 big holes at the edge of my grass. One hole has a mound of sand next to it. The other has a channel of sand. I don't know if they are dangerous. This is right next to my walk way. Please help.

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August 11, 20170 found this helpful
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It could be a hornet or yellow jacket. They can hurt you with their stings. You need to find and destroy the nest. Do this before twilight, when they return to the next.

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August 11, 20170 found this helpful
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Here are a few bees like flying insects:

One, solitary bees - normally bees, wasps and hornets live in a social group. However, there are a few species of bees that live singly.

Two, it could be a digger bee or mining bee. They too are solitary insects and they dig small burrows in the soil.

Three, ground asps are solitary wasps that dig into the soil for nesting. There are several different kinds of ground nesting wasps. They include, scolid, spider, and cicada killer wasps.

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August 12, 20170 found this helpful
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There are several different kinds of "bugs" that resemble bees that make burrows in the ground and some of them are very beneficial as they eat other bad bugs, grubs, pollinate plants, and eat other arthropods in lawns, so please read about them before getting rid of them.

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Some may sting but it appears they more or less have to become agitated to sting.
Here are a couple of links that have information on all of this type bug and some photos to help you know which ones you have.

www.thoughtco.com/how-to-id-and-control-ground-bees...

www.hunker.com/.../flying-insects-that-burrow-in-the...

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful
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It sounds like a Burrowing Bee. They are a type of bee that lives a fairly seclusive life and are pretty harmless to humans if left alone, but are good for the garden and flowers. Here is a very informative article: entomology.cals.cornell.edu/.../native-bees-your-backyard
Most Carpenter Bees burrow in something wood, hence the carpenter bee name. There are some other bees that burrow in the ground like hornets, but you would find them to be quite aggressive.

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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

i have these too! I think they're some sort of carpenter bee

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August 5, 20190 found this helpful

I don't know, but I'm in upstate NY (near Ottawa) and I have a feeling these are what I just saw in my backyard. Hot summer, so the ground is dry. These bugs have fiery orange bodies with black wings and fly like a bee would.

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They're about an inch and a half long and go into these holes all over the ground that have a cm diameter. Really wonder what they are and if they're dangerous.

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September 7, 20190 found this helpful

This sounds like a Cicada Killer Wasp. The female digs a hole about 1" in diameter, and 12" deep,with several small "rooms" in the tunnel, leaving up to a pound of dirt outside of it. She then stings a Cicada, paralyzing it, and brings it to one of the rooms, and lays an egg next to it, till her tunnel is full. The larvae soon hatch, feed on the cicadas, make a cocoon, and stay there till they emerge the next summer. We have had one or two each year since 2014. The females have a stinger, but ignore us, even up close when I take pictures. Sometimes there is also a male who defends his "wife and kids" , acting very aggressively and challenging you face to face, BUT, he has no stinger! Still, I avoid any that act like that.

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If the wasps are near where kid or pets will be, we've just filled in the hole with the sand, and the wasps go somewhere else to nest.
This photo is of a DEAD Cicada Killer Wasp!

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