Cicada Killers; Menacing Predators or Ugly Butterflies

This is the Bee Smart website but you won’t beelieve how often I get asked about other flying critters.  That’s OK though.  Most of the time it leads to some very cool teaching opportunities about bee conservation.

One of the most trepidatious questions involves the Cicada Killer Wasps.  Yes, they are actually wasps and they are really big, really ugly and really aggressive.  They scare the beejeebers out of most people.

The female is the larger of the two and also the predator.  She is a hunter of other big, ugly insects that most people don’t want around.  She does have a stinger but it’s pretty much reserved for prey.  It’s a rare thing indeed to hear of a female Cicada Killer stinging a person or animal unless they were actively trying to make her sting them.

The males, those wild flying acrobats that seem to dart aggressively at anything near them?  They couldn’t hurt you if they wanted to.  They are males and as such, they are born without a stinger.  They couldn’t hurt you if they tried.

Yes, the female is a devastating predator, only to other insects, and the males are aggressive acrobats that are pretty much not much more than ugly butterflies.

When you see them, don’t bee afraid.  They are pretty much harmless to people and animals.  They also put on a great aerobatics show.

Bee Smart Video Highlight: Yappy Beeman and How To Build A Swarm Trap Cheap

Yes, this is a video from one of our podcast Beehooligans, Travis “Yappy Beeman” Ulbrich.  Yap is a hero of frugality when it comes to beekeeping and getting things done.  Keep an eye on this one folks.  No, really, keep a close eye on him.

BTW, Yappy isn’t usually headless on the podcast, but that may be more of a bonus here for you folks.

Bee Smart Video Spotlight-Washing Beekeeping Gear by Norfolk Honey Co.

Hey gang, One thing we are starting here at the Bee Smart beekeeping project is to bring good beekeeping information to your attention with a new “Spotlight” on videos, websites and more.

Why re-invent the wheel when we have so many great content creators sharing awesome stuff already right?

So today we bring to your attention a very useful topic about cleaning beekeeping protective gear.  Stewart fro the Norfolk Honey Company in the UK has some nice videos that will be among future spotlights.

Hopefully we can get Stewart on the podcast with the Beehooligans to find out more about him and his operation.

How Do You Do it? Hive assembly poll – fasteners

What type of fasteners do you use when building hive boxes?

Visit the Bee Smart Forum after the poll and give us the details about how you build your boxes.

Bee Smart with the Beehooligans, Episode 22

  • Yappy, Antnee G, Tony S, and a “never too late” jump in by Schawee.
Hive Management is the general topic, vaguely…

*When to add space to the hive
*What is a “strong” colony
*A Washboarding theory by Yappy
*The “Treatment vs No Treatment” scuttlebut
*Big Bear throwing down against hive problems
*Newbee time with Antnee G: Feeding hives, Ants, How to spot a flow