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    Color of fabric.. as with being Fall, a place to hide for the winter. Oh that would be a treat, wake up at O'dark thirty Zapped by a Yellow Jacket.

    Guessing its more the color, then the fabric. If drunk, lots of fruit are laced with alchy. a Happy Wasp or Hung over grumpy wasp.. ;-)
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    Interesting post. I had a problem with Wasps at our Oregon Summer Hang, I was surprised to find that one had found its way into my hammock. I did not zip the bug net I just left it unzipped, it covers the hammock fairly well, it was the first time I have had a visitor after dark. We were camped in an area full of ripe Blueberry plants, sweet sap coming from someplace, everything was coated with the sap.

    One member of our group had some stings from a wasp or hornet nest he molested. My visitor acted like he was too satisfied to move on. I have never seen them out after dark.

    I never eat in my hammock nor anywhere near it. I keep it well away from cooking smoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swankfly View Post
    The hoverfly is usually mislabeled as a giant hornet. There are about 2000 species of it and are spectacular flyers and better hoverers. Not harm to humans, will not sting and usually attracted by some smell or food/beverage. Maybe?
    No. Good suggestion, but i know hoverflies. Usually small and pretty,
    like this http://cwf-fcf.org/en/discover-wildl...hover-fly.htmland sometimes huge and hairy like this:
    http://www.mywildlifefriendlygarden....rfly%20(2).jpg

    No I actually meant a big hornet. When I say hornet, I just mean big old wasp that is black and white rather than black and yellow like most wasps, yellowjackets, etc. I know the encyclopedia says if it is Vespa it can be called a wasp or hornet, but where i grew up the convention was ...wasps are yellow and black, make beautiful paper nests under the eaves of houses, etc, and cause trouble at late summer picnics when they climb inside the can of coke just before you take a swig! while hornets are white and black and make nests in the ground or in tree cavities. Questionable science, but naming conventions are funny things.

    The thing that loves my ridgerunner is a baldfaced hornet
    http://dynamicpest.ca/wasps.html

    I guess it's my sweat or just a territorial thing. Hammock colour is standard brownish green with black spreader bars and black bugnet.

    But I'm sure learning a lot about flying creatures from this thread!
    Last edited by sturgeon; 08-25-2013 at 17:08.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sturgeon View Post
    ...The thing that loves my ridgerunner is a baldfaced hornet...
    They build a nest under an eave on my house last summer. It made a great slingshot target since it was up on the second story.

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    So, what is at least a partially-effective repellent? Not a poison, a repellent.

    Or set up an attractive decoy, like a dab of honey smeared on a leaf, on the ground or attached to a tree 50ft / 15M away?

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    First time I ran away until it got dark. Second time, I waited till he went away, then quickly slipped in and zipped up the bug net. He came back, but was on the other side of the net!

    Don't really want to spray Permethrin on my hammock. Nor do i want my hammock to smell like woodsmoke. I'll just see if this is a pattern...if there is a third and fourth occurrence of hornet-hammock fascination.

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    From the descriptions this sounds like a cicada killer. They look like a really big black and yellow wasp. They are pretty much harmless to humans. They technically have stingers but won't sting humans. They also burrow in the ground, so you might have been near the nest. We have a couple in our yard, gave my son, who is allergic to yellow jackets, quite the scare.

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    We don't have those cicada killers up here on our side of the Great Lakes. Good thing, i'd have a heart attack if I saw one, even knowing (as i do now, thanks!) that they are harmless.

    The critters who love my hammock are just bald-faced hornets.

    I guess this thread is destined for the off-topic forum as it is drifting into the realms of entomology. I just wanted to know if there was a pattern of wasp/hornet attraction to the ridgerunner.

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    Hornets love my WBRR

    Went out last weekend and the yellow jackets wouldn't leave my Superfly alone. Didn't scare me though.

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    i had to pull my epi pen for this thread
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