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Hymenoptera on Mt. Laguna

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We went for a nice hike on Mt. Laguna this morning. The flowers this time of year are smaller, sparser and dryer, but there were still plenty of wasps and bees foraging. The tarantula hawk was a frightening 2 inches long! But I did not discover until I got home that they are considered to have the worlds most painful sting. Maybe next time I won’t go in for the close-up.