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Huge wasp?

I don't what this is. It flew in our apartment through the window and tried to hide up top behind a piping system.

When it flies, it was so loud.


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Re: Huge wasp?

Most likely a hornet. They are really loud...
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Re: Huge wasp?

Is it maybe a potter wasp?
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Re: Huge wasp?

Hmm could have been a potter wasp as it was similar body structure but it was very black. A little yellow towards the top part, head / body.

Hornets seem to have much larger bags of venom than the thing I killed with spray.

We live close to the train station in Geneva, but there's a few trees and bushes close by. Hopefully no nest...
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Hmm could have been a potter wasp as it was similar body structure but it was very black. A little yellow towards the top part, head / body.

Hornets seem to have much larger bags of venom than the thing I killed with spray.

We live close to the train station in Geneva, but there's a few trees and bushes close by. Hopefully no nest...
A black potter wasp?
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Re: Huge wasp?

they come in various colours i think. could be another hymenopter too i guess, there are so many. doesn't seem dangerous anyway, those long ones are easily killable and are not a nuisance imho they don't look for your food.
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Re: Huge wasp?

If it indeed is a hornet (see here for more info, only German), please bear in mind that, despite not being a protected species, they are rare in CH (an endangered species) and should not be killed, but rather directed to a different location. If you don't know how to do this, you can call the number in this link and they'll help you out.
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If it indeed is a hornet (see here for more info, only German), please bear in mind that, despite not being a protected species, they are rare in CH (an endangered species) and should not be killed, but rather directed to a different location. If you don't know how to do this, you can call the number in this link and they'll help you out.
Too late, sadly the poor thing is dead.
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Too late, sadly the poor thing is dead.
Thanking you is macabre as heck considering your post, but I hope my post helps those hornets who fly into EFers' households in future.

I have no problem whatsoever with bees, wasps and hornets - don't annoy or scare them and they'll leave eventually. If you have something sweet they're after, wait for a moment in which they're not buzzing around it and quickly place it somewhere out of the vicinity of your face etc., so they can gorge themselves on whatever it is without you being in danger of being stung due to their being annoyed or scared.

Do look into your drink if you leave it outside these days before taking a sip, and take care to look where you step when walking barefoot while outside.
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Re: Huge wasp?

I agree with the sentiments about hornets (which remind me of Lancaster Bombers) and bees - they'll only sting you if provoked. Wasps are just vicious little gits, and so, in my view, are fair game. An electrified fly swat is most effective. If you manage to swat a wasp away with your hand, they usually get the hint and stop bothering you.
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If it indeed is a hornet (see here for more info, only German), please bear in mind that, despite not being a protected species, they are rare in CH (an endangered species) and should not be killed, but rather directed to a different location. If you don't know how to do this, you can call the number in this link and they'll help you out.
Interestingly enough they are protected in Germany, I just read that the other day in a German newspaper. Strange they aren't in Switzerland, the Swiss are usually big in animal protection.
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If it indeed is a hornet (see here for more info, only German), please bear in mind that, despite not being a protected species, they are rare in CH (an endangered species) and should not be killed, but rather directed to a different location. If you don't know how to do this, you can call the number in this link and they'll help you out.
I thought they were protected here - as I've been led to believe by a few Swissies ...... "just don't be seen whacking one", was what I was always told.

..... and not particularly rare around here, either.
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I have no problem whatsoever with bees, wasps and hornets - don't annoy or scare them and they'll leave eventually.
Not wasps. As a child I once tried to sit perfectly still and let one walk on my hand. People always say they only sting if annoyed. Well the b****d stung me and I did not move a single inch or show any fear.

Now I kill them.
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Not wasps. As a child I once tried to sit perfectly still and let one walk on my hand. People always say they only sting if annoyed. Well the b****d stung me and I did not move a single inch or show any fear.

Now I kill them.
Same happened to me some years ago. I was at a wedding and was waiting outside in the sunshine, when I felt something on my arm. When I looked I saw a wasp and the same moment I was stung. Then I fainted and it turned out I am allergic. And guess what, the b*****s ALWAYS seek me out. Usually I just run away as fast as I can....
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Re: Huge wasp?

I don't think that is a wasp. It looks more like a false wasp, a type of fly
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Re: Huge wasp?

We have these potter wasps - ours have a distinctly red/maroon tinge and also have a loud buzz.

Aparently the adults drink nectar, and they may build nests from mud - which fits, because they love the flowering climbers and investigate any newly dug damp ground.
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Not wasps. As a child I once tried to sit perfectly still and let one walk on my hand. People always say they only sting if annoyed. Well the b****d stung me and I did not move a single inch or show any fear.

Now I kill them.
I guess every species comes with some jerks

Thing is also that while bees can only sting once, wasps can sting multiple times and getting stung even once hurts like the dickens

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Same happened to me some years ago. I was at a wedding and was waiting outside in the sunshine, when I felt something on my arm. When I looked I saw a wasp and the same moment I was stung. Then I fainted and it turned out I am allergic. And guess what, the b*****s ALWAYS seek me out. Usually I just run away as fast as I can....
Yikes. Do you have emergency meds on you?
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