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Photo#1577888
Very large bee like insect

Very large bee like insect
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
August 18, 2018
Size: Larger than a quarter
This was flying outside late lastnight while I was on the deck. Very large for a regular bee. Almost the aize of a half dollar. Concerned as we had 2 of them swarming at night. Please help me identify. Are they dangerous?

Frassed
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Vespa crabro

 
Are they dangerous? Why would
Are they dangerous? Why would they be out at night?

 
If you take a look at the gui
If you take a look at the guide page John linked to in his response, you'll see it says that they "come to lights." Lots of insects are attracted to lights at night. (Think of the old expression "like moths to a flame"). So if you don't mind turning off the porch light and pulling down your shades, you can sit outside at night and it will be a lot less "buggy." Can these sting? Yes. Are they likely to sting you? No. They are only there because they are being drawn in, helplessly, by your lights. They are sort of hypnotized and are unlikely to particularly even notice you are sitting there. If you try to swat or spray them, they will be (understandably) stressed, and you're more likely to accidentally get stung. But if you just leave them alone they won't bother you, and if you turn out the lights they'll go away and you'll be able to see a few more stars. (:

 
Thank you!
Thank you!

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