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?
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: