Saturday, March 8 2014 9:15 AM EST2014-03-08 14:15:16 GMT
Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper. File photo
Nick Goepper's hometown of Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Perfect North Slopes are hosting a parade and celebration for the 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist on Saturday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. on WalnutFull Story >
Nick Goepper's hometown of Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Perfect North Slopes are hosting a parade and celebration for the 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist on Saturday.Full Story >
A coalition of Syrian opposition groups has confirmed its choice for a new army chief after the former military leader refused to step down.Full Story >
Government aircraft have dropped have crude "barrel bombs" on an embattled rebel-held city in western Syria, killing civilians, activists said.Full Story >
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - They've been swarming Kentuckiana, causing fear in some people and curiosity in others. We're talking about those extra-large wasps flying all over the area.
But what are they?
We found out first hand they are very big and a bit intimidating. They sleep at night, usually only making appearances in the morning and afternoon.
"I wondered what they were, but I had no clue," said cyclist Billy Edelen.
From emailed photos to Facebook chatter and actual sightings, they're the giant wasps that have the town buzzing especially certain parts of town. "In the Triangle (Cherokee Triangle) you never know what's going to happen, so it kind of adds into the Urban Legend here," joked Highlands homeowner Sandra Frazier. No Urban Legend, although some Highlands residents thought the critters were the seldom seen Asian Giant Hornet.
Edelen said, "I figured they were some kind of parasitic killer! "
Actually, Sarah Stolz, a horticulture expert with Jefferson County Cooperative Extension said, "Sphecius speciosus," also known as cicada killers.
Stolz said, "This is when the Cicada Killers are active." And she knew exactly where to find them, "You'll find them in trees and shrubs and the landscape."
We found several of them in shrubs on the side of the Park View Apartments, where the owner said his father always thought they were indigenous to their building. Not the case, but Stolz said the ivy certainly makes it more attractive for the wasps.
Edelen said, "When I saw them, I was a little freaked out."
The males are harmless, it's the female wasp that hunts and stings her prey and brings it back to her nest, burrowed in dry soil in the Cicada area.
Edelen rides his bike across town and keeps peddling into and away from them. He also happens to be a sophomore guard on the Bellarmine University Basketball team. We asked him if the big wasps were scarier than Coach Scotty Davenport when he's mad? "No comment," Edelen replied.
Stolz said they may bug you, but there's no reason to be afraid unless you or your pets try to chase after them.
The cicada killer wasps are only out for a few weeks during the summer, but if they're out of hand in your yard, you can call the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension office at (502) 569-2344 or find one in your area.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.Full Story >
Friday, March 7 2014 8:01 PM EST2014-03-08 01:01:45 GMT
Police say that one person is dead following a shooting in Over the Rhine on Friday afternoon. The shooting happened around 5 p.m. Friday on Hamer Street. Little information is known at this time.Full Story >
Police say that a 22-year-old man was shot and killed in Over the Rhine while fixing his car on Friday evening. Full Story >
Friday, March 7 2014 3:59 PM EST2014-03-07 20:59:17 GMT
A local marine is dead after a shooting in southern California on Sunday evening. Police say that 26-year-old Steven Kohus, of Morrow, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene in Twentynine Palms, Calif. OfficersFull Story >
A local Marine is dead after a shooting in southern California on Sunday evening. Police say that 26-year-old Steven Kohus, of Morrow, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene in Twentynine Palms, Calif.Full Story >
Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.Full Story >
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact over the South China Sea early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located...Full Story >
China's foreign minister sounded a note of defiance to the country's neighbors Saturday over rival territorial claims, and said good relations with Washington depend on mutual respect.Full Story >
China will never make concessions in territorial disputes with its neighbors, while good relations with the U.S. depend on Washington respecting Beijing's sovereignty claims, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday.Full Story >
Thursday, February 3 2011 5:19 PM EST2011-02-03 22:19:13 GMT
New details have been released on a large drug sweep in Pierce Township, Clermont County. On Wednesday, a total of 17 people were indicted by a grand jury on 46 charges related to trafficking in drugs.Full Story >