Library of Pests

Oklahoma Bugs & Pest Library

See a pest on on your property that you can't identify? Our bug and pest library identifies many of Oklahoma's native creatures that are bugging you.

Stinging Insects

Mud daubers are a flying, stinging insect who create nests out of mud and other natural materials. They grow to a large size between 1 1/2” to 2” long with a narrow waist, a thread-like segment between their thorax and abdomen causing a stretched look. Colors range from yellow and green marketing to metallic blue markings.

Yellow jackets are an aggressive species of stinging insect, that despite their dangers, are considered to be a beneficial species because they are responsible for pollination and help to keep nuisance insect populations down. Adult workers grow to be between 3/8th and 5/8th of an inch in length. They have a hairless body that has a yellow and black banded pattern on it; their face and head is usually black or yellow in color. Their waist is extremely thin and defined; their wings are elongated and fold laterally on their body when at rest.