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#1 of 2 Old 09-12-2012, 07:19 AM - Thread Starter
 
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First off...GROSS!!!!  I am just completely freaked out by the look of these things...holy huge.  

 

Did some reading here & online & couldn't take anymore...was starting to gag.  Here are my leftover ?s:

 

1) So the ones with the white parasitic wasp eggs all over them that I am supposed to leave on there...are those "braconid wasps" truly not stinging kinds?  My tomatoes are in containers along our driveway & I take the kids in & out of the car right next to them.  I am very allergic to bees/wasps.  I am reading online that most parasitic wasps do not sting humans but I am wondering if anyone with experience here can confirm what happens when these crazy things hatch?

 

2) When I put my containers away below the deck for the winter...should I dump them in the woods & just start with new soil next season?  I only "turned over" the 1st few inches deep this year and the soil in there sat for 18 months not being used or turned at all previously.

 

3) Should I get the courage to cut a stem off with one of the little shits on it without any white eggs & do the mason jar thing so the girls can watch it transform?  Can I leave it outside on the deck to do so?  

 

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They are braconid wasps, and they do not sting. They are very beneficial for your garden! I would leave them alone and let your children observe them in the garden instead of removing one and placing it in a jar. Here's some info on them:

 

http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/beneficial-insect-braconid-wasps/index.html
 

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