Bees? #876702

Asked July 10, 2024, 3:12 PM EDT

Hello! I trying to figure out if these are safe or if I need to get rid of the nest?

Grand Traverse County Michigan

Expert Response

This is either a cicada killer wasp or Bembix, a sand wasp.

As the cicadas start singing, so come the cicada killer wasp (the insect and its nest in your picture). These are one of the biggest wasps in Michigan but are only interested in hunting cicadas. It's best to leave this nest undisturbed, as the wasps are unlikely to bother humans. They may buzz around anyone who walks by too closely. 

If a sand wasp, there's still nothing to worry about. It is a solitary wasp that collects flies. 
David Lowenstein Replied July 10, 2024, 4:30 PM EDT
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