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Old 18.06.2009, 15:40
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I have also seen these huge insects recently they only appear in the evenings though, I have been describing them as overweight furry looking wasps, don't seem interested in food unlike the normal wasp but always hover near the pine trees, and when they appear there always seems to be a lot around. Have looked at all the pictures people have suggested but none match.
A bumble-bee maybe? Search Longbyt's link for "Hummel".
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Old 18.06.2009, 15:52
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

A huge one got on our bus. As big or bigger than a bumble bee, fat, fast, but with thinner dirty yellow stripes than a normal bee.Not so "cute"... but so big !
Nobody acted like they knew what it was- they seemed wary but not horror struck with recognition.
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Old 18.06.2009, 16:53
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

At least it was one, there's hundreds on my walk home every night, not funny!!!
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Old 18.06.2009, 17:09
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

Definately not funny! A touch of Hitchcock!
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Old 18.06.2009, 20:43
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I have also seen these huge insects recently they only appear in the evenings though, I have been describing them as overweight furry looking wasps, don't seem interested in food unlike the normal wasp but always hover near the pine trees, and when they appear there always seems to be a lot around. Have looked at all the pictures people have suggested but none match. Definitely not a beetle. Anyone any suggestions.
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We got them in Aarburg too, hundreds of the buggers, always close to the pine trees and always in the evening when its dusk. I thought tey were hornets, never run so fast.....................
With the evening appearance in large numbers I believe that these are also one of the Chafer family: May Bug etc., especially if they appear attracted to the light. When they are flying the look more like large bees than beetles.

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Old 18.06.2009, 21:33
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

That sounds more like it, one big mo fo just flew into my room, scared the pants off me!!!

Do these big bad boy's sting? I dont fancy keeping my windows shut all summer...........
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Old 18.06.2009, 21:47
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

Mine definately was furryish and had thin stripes...
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Old 19.06.2009, 12:34
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That sounds more like it, one big mo fo just flew into my room, scared the pants off me!!!

Do these big bad boy's sting? I dont fancy keeping my windows shut all summer...........
As mentioned in the earlier posts, they are harmless but can be a bit disconcerting when flying around your head.

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Mine definately was furryish and had thin stripes...
If in large numbers, at night, and attracted to light, I still think that a form of Chafer Beetle is more likely than a variety of bee. When they are flying, they do have a more bee like appearance and are somewhat furry. I am not familiar with all the different varieties so dont know of any stripey ones.

Edit: Also it is exactly the right time of year to be seeing chafer beetles flying around.

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Old 19.06.2009, 12:45
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

Yesterday evening on the way home from work someTHING flew into my car through the open window while I was driving through Zurich (Hegibachplatz). It was ****dy huge, looked like a body-builder brown wasp wearing armour and no - it wasn't a hornet, coz I've had several of those in my office this year already. Stupid bug almost caused an accident It wasn't a May- orJune-bug either, because they're rounder and made of chocolate Definately wasp-shaped but more brownish and very big. Any ideas?
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Old 20.06.2009, 19:45
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

In other news, an alternative to high-priced Swiss meats has been discovered by English-speaking expats.
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Old 20.06.2009, 20:47
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

Horse fly perhaps? They bite. Same sort of shape as a bluebottle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ho..._Tabanus_2.jpg
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Old 21.06.2009, 20:27
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

No I dont think so, the next mutha trucker to fly in wy windows is going to get famous on EF
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Old 25.06.2009, 22:49
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Large Bugs...maybe Hornets

Hi,

I've noticed an unusual amount of, rather large looking, hornetlike bug swarms...everywhere! They're not just around my windows, but also around close by trees. Anyone else notice this?
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Old 25.06.2009, 22:52
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Re: Large Bugs...maybe Hornets

yes, i just noticed the very same thing - lots around trees and edge of buildings. I think they are hornets - they seem to be having a party around my terrace at the moment! Have closed my doors as don't fancy them in the house..
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Old 25.06.2009, 22:55
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Re: Large Bugs...maybe Hornets

Wow....You couldn't have described it better....a crazy party over here as well.

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one...could it be weather related? Does anyone know why?
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Old 25.06.2009, 23:01
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Re: Large Bugs...maybe Hornets

arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh i don`t feel well http://animals.nationalgeographic.co...gs/hornet.html
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Old 25.06.2009, 23:06
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Re: Large Bugs...maybe Hornets

They are most likely June Bugs - we have hundreds off them in the garden at the moment, seems like they have just hatched, the cats like to catch them mid air and eat them.

Dont worry they don't sting, they have little hooks on their feet so they 'cling on' if you get one on your arm but they are harmless.

They are a smaller version of the May bug: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockchafer often called June bug or Juni Chafer - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeripeier/2631507587/
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Old 25.06.2009, 23:49
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Re: Large Bugs...maybe Hornets

Mash them good!!!
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Old 25.06.2009, 23:59
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Re: Large Bugs...maybe Hornets

See this thread

http://www.englishforum.ch/other-gen...me-insect.html
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

may flies, june bugs, what are we going to have in july?


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