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Tue, 08/02/2011 - 17:57 by Ananth in response to not the first, not the last

Another biking story. That wasp was ... it was huge. Someone in Brooklyn is doing experiments on wasps because that thing was not normal. When Yuko drew this comic I kept telling her to "draw that wasp BIGGER" but she wouldn't because she doesn't believe me. 

Well, I am here to tell you. That wasp. Was not messing around. Definitely on 'roids. Definitely almost died due to unecessary wasp aggression. 

Yuko's Hey Chickadee Tumblr contest is over! Head on over to her blog to see who won. And as promised, she blingee'd the heck out of the winner's name. Thanks everyone who participated, that was fun! Maybe we'll do it again some time, but as a JW contest! We'll see.

That's all for us! Catch you Thursday.



( That wasp was the face of death itself )


giant wasps

Comment by spatula slapper (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 18:13

if you are lucky it was a cicada killer wasp. they are monstrous but pretty harmless. some of the bug identification sites even doubt stories of them stinging people.

This! They're giant, ugly,

Comment by Lhowon (not verified) Fri, 08/05/2011 - 15:46

This! They're giant, ugly, and combine that perfect fear of 'holycrapdon'tstingme' that wasps exude with 'HOLYCRAPIT'SHUGE'. But they're absolutely harmless unless you like, harass them. And they do have territory in most of the Northern States (For instance, like here in Ohio). They're not incredibly rare, but I've only ever seen 2 in my time here, so seeing one is always interesting - in that sort of fear induced pants-crapping way ;)

We get some fricking

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 08/09/2011 - 02:46

We get some fricking ginormous ones here in Southern California. Like, easilypushing a fw inches long. They tend to stay in the more desert/not-inhabited areas, but they still wander. It's amazing the different sizes and colors they come in too Still scary as hell though. the Tarantula Wasp is the only HUGE one I ever saw.

I feel bad for you though. You have to deal with fucking HORNETS. THOSE I am frickin bat-shit afraid of. We dont have too many of them in LA.

I ended up in the middle of

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:21

I ended up in the middle of about 50 of the these guys taking photographs. I keep taking photos but I seriously I though I was gonna die.
And now I just feel really stupid.

all the time

Comment by J.T. (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 18:17

This happens to me all the time. And I have a phobia of things that buzz. And since it's 120,000 degrees Fahrenheit here, the wasps enjoy hovering around my window. Needless to say, I have invested in many, many cans of bug repellent.


Comment by Sven (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 18:17

I know EXACTLY how you feel with giant bugs, especially wasps. Except in my case, I fell off my bike in surprise.

I once was KNOCKED off my

Comment by Akupen (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 18:43

I once was KNOCKED off my bike by a bee. I don't know how, but we were going in opposite directions and couldn't avoid each other. I felt something smack into my forehead and my bike kind of swerved sideways. o_o


Comment by Skie (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 18:19

Quite refreshing to see an Ananth-freaking-out-at-something comic!... Even if it is something worth freaking out at- OH GOD WHY DID YOU SEND THE WASP AFTER ME?! D:


Comment by aYaaai (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 18:41

I read that sentence about someone experimenting on wasps and I immediately thought that Ananth would make an amazing Wasp-Man. Like Spider-Man, but for Wasps.


Comment by joshjoshlol (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 18:58

I like how Ananth's bike helmet is a modified version of his ballcap. Very clever!

Sounds like you had a run-in

Comment by rich (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 19:03

Sounds like you had a run-in with a Cicada Killer. And yes those things are bigger than they have any right to be. Used to have one that patrolled around my garage all the time!

big bees are big

Comment by sconnie (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 19:05

Carpenter Bees, which are huge beyond reason, have been out in droves this summer here in Wisconsin. I'd barely even heard of them before, and now they're everywhere! They have a behavior where they hover in front of you and stare you down. It's very unnerving. Maybe that's what you saw.

My old dog used to love

Comment by ElZee3 (not verified) Mon, 08/08/2011 - 04:30

My old dog used to love going after their nests and eating them. Some days he'd come trotting out of the woods, face all swollen and happy as can be. I miss that crazy mutt.

Deja Vu

Comment by IcarusJ (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 19:13

This has happened to me. I spent the first moments shaking my shirt with one hand while inadvertently wobbling my bike all over the place with the other. The next moments were spent jumping off my bike taking my shirt off and throwing it onto the ground. And then the last moments were spent embarrassed, putting it back on.

I've got a nice little phobia of bees, wasps, and hornets so it was a pretty bad experience.

yeah, those can be freaky

Comment by Jingseng (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 19:42

yeah, those can be freaky when huge, regardless of whether or not they sting...

I once did a zazen retreat where wasps had made hives under the temple awnings and were flying in and out of the meditation room. Imagine trying to keep still and achieve a clear, empty mind in that situation -_-;

I like how Yuko drew the

Comment by angela (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 20:48

I like how Yuko drew the wasp as big as your mouth, but you still want it bigger.


Comment by Ananth Tue, 08/02/2011 - 20:53


see. see. i'm not the only

Comment by ellie (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 21:40

see. see. i'm not the only one that goes batshit insane when anything with a stinger comes within a ten foot radius of me. i never run faster. i think it's genetic, after having seen my entire family run in the same direction/pace from said stingees. eeeeek

I totally know the feeling.

Comment by Becky (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 22:30

I totally know the feeling. I have a phobia of flying insects.

Also, my grandma was allergic to bees. When my mom was little, Grandma was driving and one landed on the passenger side window. Grandma almost jumped out of the car, while it was moving.

My mom had to grab her to keep from jumping out.

Wasps are bad, but....

Comment by Richard (not verified) Tue, 08/02/2011 - 23:43

At least it wasn't a Dallas roach. They're like hersheys bars with legs.

You'll even see those

Comment by Random Austinite (not verified) Fri, 08/05/2011 - 16:33

You'll even see those wandering the streets at night in Austin. They're just a fact of life.

Fun fact: They fly.


Comment by Adi (not verified) Wed, 08/10/2011 - 17:54

Wander around Atlanta at night, and you'll see some trashcans moving. Kick it over, and you'll see a roach the size of a shoe underneath.

I think I could strap one under each foot and blend in at the roller rink.

we have a lot of cicada

Comment by spatula slapper (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 07:03

we have a lot of cicada killer wasps outside my work. even though the males don't have stingers they are very territorial about the nests/burrows and will fly into you.

but now we have velvet ants outside, which is actually wingless wasp that eats cicada killer wasp larvae. these things aren't much smaller than the cicada killer wasp. they also have one of the most painful stings out there, some people call it a cow killer ant cause its sting is believed to be so strong it could kill a cow.

imagine how he'd freak out if a tarantula hawk landed on him. huge wasp insanely powerful and painful sting.


Comment by ken (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 00:39

mine sucks...
"while your biking" = "while you're biking"

So true... Unfortunately,

Comment by Iveray (not verified) Fri, 08/05/2011 - 00:01

So true... Unfortunately, I've had a wasp put me on its list. I sat down to get a rock out of my shoe, and all of a sudden a wasp snuck up on me and bit my shoulder. My reflex was to grab it, rip it off of me, and throw it across the yard. I wouldn't suggest following my example, 'cause ripping it off hurt more than the bite itself.

There is actually a Japanese

Comment by Simon (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 01:26

There is actually a Japanese Giant wasp that basically is the size of a palm. It secretes a pheromone attracting its entire nest to the target, which is usually a bee hive, and then proceeds to continuously sting and kill the ENTIRE hive.

In Humans the sting causes a necrotic-like effect, causing the skin to rot/dissolve. It also attacks the nervous system inducing a lot of pain.
That's just one sting.

Fun stuff. . .fun fun stuff indeed.
"I didn't want to know!" (Hermes Conrad)

Oh my God wasp stories. I

Comment by Trivia (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 04:15

Oh my God wasp stories. I was recently out at my family's country home, and there were like, wasps everywhere. Big fat countryside yellowjackets. The kind that EAT PEOPLE. I didn't go outside until we left. I HAVE A PHOBIA OKAY IT'S NOT MY FAULT.


Comment by Legion (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 04:51

I believe giant wasps are usually called hornets.

actually whilst all hornets

Comment by spira (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 08:02

actually whilst all hornets are wasps, not all wasps are hornets. many large wasp species exist which are not hornets though hornets in general are larger than most other wasp spieces.

unless annanth managed to give us a highly detailed description of the wasps markings, colouration, and behaviour i doubt we could identify it just by being large - though the sugestion that it could be an eastern ciccada killer wasp is a farily realistic proposition

Ugh. Mutated bugs.

Comment by sao (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 08:23

Viginia Tech must be doing similar experiments. My sister and I were chased around by a bee the size of a baseball in a VT parking lot. o.o It also had a slightly smaller wasp sidekick.

Eessh that's a huge wasp.

Comment by Suri (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 10:51

Eessh that's a huge wasp. Being a total loser (who is more impressed by a centipede then the entirety of a state park) I find myself liking bugs and such. I like little bumble bees. They are nature's asian business man.(is that bad to say?) Oh yeah, and they give me honey. But wasps, nasty things.
I also found out that they are attracted to glitter. (outside wearing glitter wings, and the wasp took a liking to the wings....)

That is just like me! There

Comment by John Todd (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 11:12

That is just like me! There were two bees next to me on a bus once and nearly jumped over the passenger next to me to get away from them. Then I moved a row back until someone caught them in a cup

I've seen 'em too

Comment by Avram (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 13:10

I've been seeing these scary-looking monsters in and around the Prospect Heights area of Brooklyn, so yeah, I believe you.

Oh gosh, I was just walking

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 13:17

Oh gosh, I was just walking to the library in Prospect Heights, and YOU ARE TOTALLY RIGHT. I saw TWO of these enormous wasps. Some crazy scientist somewhere is definitely up to no good.


Comment by Crazy Scientist (not verified) Sun, 08/07/2011 - 09:54

Sorry, they keep getting away. Crazy little critters

Wasps, wasps everywhere

Comment by the other ghost girl (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 16:19

for some reason the house we live in currently(we are moving but it has nothing to do with this) Is a wasp magnet. We had bunch of dirt dobbers trying to build a nest on our front porch (then the wasps killed them and took over ) and we had them try to build a nest upstairs. (they got in because we have horrid air conditioning up there and we had to put air conditioner up there and the wasps got in through a gap in the window.) they attempted to build a nest in a statue we had out front and they built a nest in a pair of rain boots that we keep next to the front door in case of floods. You almost can't walk (or rather run) without seeing one....... Anyways awesome comic, and hopefully you don't run into mega wasp again

Wow.. must've been a suzumebachi

Comment by ColdFusion (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 17:41

If they're importing suzumebachi we're ALL fucked. They're as big as that drawing, but with big fat heads for ripping you apart if you let them.. >_<

That was the first thing I

Comment by Faiga (not verified) Mon, 08/08/2011 - 09:20

That was the first thing I thought. Suzumebachis all over the fucking place. Srsly, scary as shit IRL. People need to watch youtube vids and educate themselves on these behemoths.

You are so not alone

Comment by Stess (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 19:02

I had a bee chase me and my mother for like, ten minutes down a walking trail the other day. It just wouldn't give up! We finally killed it with a baseball hat. We walk in the mornings, so we were DEFINITELY wide awake after that!

My contribution to all these

Comment by HopelessOsaka (not verified) Wed, 08/03/2011 - 20:57

My contribution to all these wasp and bee and hornet stories: I personally never really had a problem with them until recently; however, now I have wasps of some sort that live outside my family's new apartment that somehow crawl through an unidentified hole in one of the rooms' walls and manage to get inside our apartment every few weeks or so.

I was mortified by them before, but despite all I've heard about wasps being mean sons of bitches who sting humans without a thought, these seem to actually try to avoid human contact. My dad's just smacks them between his hands to kill them; they still freak me out if he's not around to rid of them, though.


Comment by the other ghost girl (not verified) Thu, 08/04/2011 - 11:17

Seriously maybe these are just dirt dobbers?

Ugh... Just one more reason

Comment by Sihlus (not verified) Thu, 08/04/2011 - 00:44

Ugh... Just one more reason to continue my vendetta against the Vespidae family of insects. Seriously though, I used to live in south Florida (big roaches, among other things), so I generally don't mind bugs too much if they don't directly antogonize me. Every time I visit my family over the summer though, some damn assortment of wasps decide to start making nests outside of the uncomfortably permeable screen door that provides most of my room's ventillation. My advice: RAID and poisoned traps.

Ananth, what you may have

Comment by Kayla (not verified) Thu, 08/04/2011 - 01:41

Ananth, what you may have seen is a cicada killer wasp. They're huge, but tend not to bother you unless you start making cicada noises. Then they will grab you mid-air, snap your neck, drag you down into their underground lair, and lay eggs in you. Or something.

Maybe the poor guy just

Comment by Schlock (not verified) Thu, 08/04/2011 - 02:42

Maybe the poor guy just wanted to hitch a ride. He was saying in his wasp way "Hey man, thanks for the lift. Hey why're you swerving all over the place and screaming? You're nuts, I'm outta here"

Wasps and bees are pretty

Comment by OMG WASPS ARE AWFUL (not verified) Thu, 08/04/2011 - 18:16

Wasps and bees are pretty much the only bugs I truly hate, having been stung by one on my first day of grade one. Last week, a wasp managed to get into my car and the entire drive home was a panic attack because IT JUST WOULDN'T LEAVE!

Doctor Who

Comment by Anthony (not verified) Fri, 08/05/2011 - 01:20

I watched an episode of Doctor who which had agatha christie and a GIANT wasp as big as a person.

When I was 6 I had the

Comment by Kail (not verified) Fri, 08/05/2011 - 01:48

When I was 6 I had the misfortune of being bitten on the eyelid by a wasp, ever since then I have been known to jump into bushes if I even hear a wasp. That rarely turns out well.


Comment by tahrey (not verified) Fri, 08/05/2011 - 03:31

*sees pictures of CK wasps*

Those are Hornets, surely? And I was getting wound about my kitchen starting to fill up with dead wasps, but all of the ones that are collected so far would probably only just make up ONE of those bad boys (if you glued them together voltron-style).



Comment by Gnomie (not verified) Fri, 08/05/2011 - 08:14

Even if you were exaggerating a little, I don't blame you for freaking out. I got stung just a couple days ago. It was terrible. Wasps suck.


Comment by Gnomie (not verified) Fri, 08/05/2011 - 08:15

Even if you were exaggerating a little, I don't blame you for freaking out. I got stung just a couple days ago. It was terrible. Wasps suck.