In a July Harvest Monday posting, I mentioned a bug bite while mowing the lawn. I speculated it was maybe a spider bite. Eightgatefarmnh suggested in the comments that it might have been a ground nesting wasp and after some thought, I agreed. But didn't think much more of it.
Yesterday afternoon while clearing the dead lily stems from one of the daylily patches, I was slightly swarmed by wasps and ended up with three sting bites - two on my right forearm and one on my lower stomach (right through my pants). Thankfully I don't have a fatal allergy to stings but enough that it causes a lot of discomfort.
After 24 hours, the sting area continued to swell up. I took some antihistamine immediately, but didn't realize a specific antihistamine was needed. I purchased some Benadryl this morning as that is what the pharmacist suggested.
I decided to limit my work in the garden today for a variety of reasons (Benadryl makes me crazy drowsy, the swelling made it hard to grasp plants with my right hand, good excuse to have lazy time on a very hot afternoon). So I diddle-daddled around the yard. What a coincidence to find a ground wasp nest right by one of my flower gardens! I'm guessing this is exactly what I will find when I get brave enough to check out the daylily patch again.
I haven't figured out what to do about these yet, but at least I know what to watch out for. It looks a lot like the holes chipmunks create - surprisingly big for small insects!