I have a big fear of wasps, I will do just about anything to get away from them! Honey bees don't bother me, the only time I have been stung by a bee was when I have stepped on one, but those wasps will chase you down! LOL!
Leanne, those yellow jackets in the mail box could have been wood bees. They look very similar, but only the female can sting and most of the time she is in the nest. That would explain why the old farmer wasn't afraid of them
About the only difference is yellow jackets have fuzzy butts and the wood bees have shiny butts, do you remember what their butts looked like?
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