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What kind of winged insect is this??

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What kind of winged insect is this??

Found a few of these inside my house. Usually along the same wall on the back of the house. Doesn’t move much when I get near them. kind of just sit there.

Flying ant ? Not sure how they are getting inside.

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That looks like a bee.

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Yellow jacket wasp. Territorial and bitey. He doesnt move much because its cold near your window. Wait till he warms up.
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Yellow jacket wasp (also ground bees) . Check for a nest around your house.

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Definitely a wasp but not a yellow jacket nor a european paper wasp (wrong shape for both), or any species of bee.
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It’s hard to tell from the photo but in person its not yellow at all. Looks more black and grey.

If it’s a wasp. I guess it’s coming from outside somehow. . Will look around for a nest.
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fdl wrote: It’s hard to tell from the photo but in person its not yellow at all. Looks more black and grey.

If it’s a wasp. I guess it’s coming from outside somehow. . Will look around for a nest.
It's the shape. Definitely a wasp. There are thousands of species (12-30-something thousand IIRC). It isn't one of the nasty ones FWIW. Yellow jackets are the worst commonly found in North America.
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Definitely a wasp. Several species are common here in BC, including yellowjackets, but it doesn't look like one of those common ones.

The wasps have already started buzzing around the garden here in BC, sometimes getting into the house through open windows, and that will go on all summer. Some species build visible paper nests, others nest underground in cracks and holes. Fortunately our wasps here are not very aggressive, and will leave you alone if you leave them alone. I've been stung a few times when I accidentally hit a wasp, but on the other hand I've run over one of the underground nests with the lawnmower, and they don't do much except come out and buzz around a bit without attacking or anything. I've never felt the need to take extreme measures to remove a nest, considering they die out in the winter anyway.
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We get a couple of wasps each spring/fall in our family room. They follow the warm air down through our chimney and climb out of the fireplace through small holes around the glass. (It's a wood fireplace, not a closed gas one.) I just swat them, or open the patio door and let them fly back out.
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We noticed a few wasps similar to that one 2 years ago and couldn't figure out where they were coming from until I saw that the power conduit that brings the power line into the house had a gap in the brick and they made a nest in the cinder block foundation. They could have made a nest right by the electrical panel but luckily they didn't come all the way through. Check around your house and look for any entry points. I was able to put a shopvac at the entry point, spray the hole on the inside and suck up a bunch as they tried to exit.
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10 years ago before I renoed the house we would get about 5 inside per year. When we renoed and living room ceiling came down we discovered a hive in the attic. Check your attic!
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fdl wrote: Found a few of these inside my house. Usually along the same wall on the back of the house. Doesn’t move much when I get near them. kind of just sit there.

Flying ant ? Not sure how they are getting inside.

You likely have a wasp nest inside your wall.

I'm surprised they're out already though. I put up "fake" wasp nests last week to deter them building new ones this year (every year I find one in my backyard) but this makes me think I waited too long. Last year I got swarmed while mowing the lawn - it was in ground one that I've yet to find.
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hierophant wrote: You likely have a wasp nest inside your wall.

I'm surprised they're out already though. I put up "fake" wasp nests last week to deter them building new ones this year (every year I find one in my backyard) but this makes me think I waited too long. Last year I got swarmed while mowing the lawn - it was in ground one that I've yet to find.
Thanks, I doubt it’s in my wall (I hope). I’ve seen a total of 3 of them over the course of a few weeks. My kids are constantly Going in and out of the house and they may have gotten in that way. Or through my fireplace.
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fdl wrote: Found a few of these inside my house. Usually along the same wall on the back of the house. Doesn’t move much when I get near them. kind of just sit there.

Flying ant ? Not sure how they are getting inside.

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When the weather is nice, observe the back wall from the outside for an hour or so to see if wasps are gathering any place along that wall and slipping into a crack or small gap.

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