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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ho..._Tabanus_2.jpg
I was bitten twicw at the same time by a Horse Fly, hurt like hell, and made me very ill, nasty bloody things they are
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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.

They are called "hannetons" in French. Have not seen any in years. But when I was young, we could see 1000s of them for a few days in the summer. Quite a sight! Collected them and burned them!
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I just had a 5cm long hornet fly in, argh. Is it a season for them?

I've never seen a hornet so loud and thin, long. Weird. It had long black legs, too, and buzzed loudly.
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Which reminds me, can anyone identify this? I was at about 1200m by a river waiting for the dogs to run out of energy when it landed on my arm. I brushed it away but it kept coming back, didn't bite, just liked my company I guess. But I've never seen anything like it. Wingspan was not much more than 1cm

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I haven't seen yours yet, could be some kind of baby insect?

This is what I just pushed out, ugh. I just drew it. I wonder if there is a nest around, the stinger was quite distinct. They always told us to kill one, let the others fly out to spread the danger message to stay clear, since these beasts communicate. I don't like to kill, though, so I wonder if he comes back.
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Old 15.06.2011, 14:28
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I just had a 5cm long hornet fly in, argh. Is it a season for them?

I've never seen a hornet so loud and thin, long. Weird. It had long black legs, too, and buzzed loudly.
5cm is a bit on the high side, but 3-4 is normal. Yes, they are loud and have long legs.

What do the hornets look like you are used to? (Or do you mix them up with wasps?)

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This is what I just pushed out, ugh. I just drew it.
Tinkerbelle bent over in a ra-ra skirt?

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I wonder if there is a nest around, the stinger was quite distinct. They always told us to kill one, let the others fly out to spread the danger message to stay clear, since these beasts communicate. I don't like to kill, though, so I wonder if he comes back.
Yikes! I was told the opposite (admittedly about wasps, rather than hornets). If you kill them then they release a hormone which attracts their mates to come and attack you.


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Yikes! I was told the opposite (admittedly about wasps, rather than hornets). If you kill them then they release a hormone which attracts their mates to come and attack you.
Definitely true with killer bees. What an experience that was...
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Which reminds me, can anyone identify this?
Looks like an ant to me. The young queens have wings before they start an own population.
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Old 15.06.2011, 14:41
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Mechanical extermination outdoors is not a recommended means of getting rid of hornets, but it is a good way to get rid of hornets indoors. When hornets are killed, a hormone is released that triggers nearby hornets to attack. It’s a safety mechanism, designed to keep the nest safe from intruders.

Rolling up a newspaper and swatting a hornet outside is what we call “signing your death warrant,” especially if it’s remains are smeared all of over your pants or something.
http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-hornets.htm


So you should be OK indoors. Maybe...
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Old 15.06.2011, 14:49
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

Those photos will give me nightmares, ick.

The wasps where I am from are about 1,7-2cms max, smallish and sturdy, bright yellow and black stripes, fast. The hornets are cca 2,5cms, rarely 3cms, and darker orange black stripes, slower, the buzz is also deeper. They have a mouth that looks a tad different than a wasp, wasp is more like bees?

I have never seen a hornet so thin, with a long springy bridge attaching his butt to his front, and really 5cms, wow. Black strong legs hanging down, almost half the body length.

You might be right about the signaling, well, family were beekeepers, so maybe we got it confused with wasps/bees/hornets.
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I have never seen a hornet so thin, with a long springy bridge attaching his butt to his front, and really 5cms, wow. Black strong legs hanging down, almost half the body length.
Probably a hornet queen then looking for a place to settle. A bit late, normally done in May. But the Swiss are always a bit slow...
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Looks like an ant to me. The young queens have wings before they start an own population.
Don't ants usually have whitish clear wings? It does look like a young ant.

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So you should be OK indoors. Maybe...
Thanks. I wasn't really going to smack him and then wipe it on my clothes . I so didn't want to aggravate him. We have lizzards this size here, I think it was the biggest insect I've seen here.

I think I am going to spray the anti tic/bug spray around the window, just in case.
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Old 15.06.2011, 15:11
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I haven't seen yours yet, could be some kind of baby insect?

This is what I just pushed out, ugh. I just drew it. I wonder if there is a nest around, the stinger was quite distinct. They always told us to kill one, let the others fly out to spread the danger message to stay clear, since these beasts communicate. I don't like to kill, though, so I wonder if he comes back.
Was it maybe a member of the Polistinae?
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Yes, it is! I just checked, this is exactly what was hanging out with me a few mins ago, but the legs were longer and stronger, black, than in this image.

Hymenoptera Vespidae Polistinae, it looked very unfamiliar. Is it normal here? I thought these live somewhere in Thailand, or in that area? It was huge.

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Hymenoptera Vespidae Polistinae, it looked very unfamiliar. Is it normal here? I thought these live somewhere in Thailand, or in that area? It was huge.
When I google that name, it always comes up with "European paper wasp", doesn't sound like Thailand to me... but 5 cm sounds like a very unusual example of that - hornets are the biggest insects here and they hardly get 5 cm.
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

I do remember seeing something similar a few years ago, was black and pretty mean-looking.
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I do remember seeing something similar a few years ago, was black and pretty mean-looking.
It was very lanky, and black, especially the strong legs, looks a little bit different than the European Paper Wasp that Treverus mentioned, but almost identical, longer and leaner, so I think it was some offspring of the same family. They say Euro Paper Wasp is spreading in the US and CA, dominating where it shows up.

It wasn't attacking me, probably as said before a queen wanting to rest, just sniffing around, but it was ugly enough for me to push her out.

Thanks, I really do not want to think about that freaky flying thing, but at least I know what it was.
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It was very lanky, and black, especially the strong legs, looks a little bit different than the European Paper Wasp that Treverus mentioned, but almost identical, longer and leaner, so I think it was some offspring of the same family. They say Euro Paper Wasp is spreading in the US and CA, dominating where it shows up.

It wasn't attacking me, probably as said before a queen wanting to rest, just sniffing around, but it was ugly enough for me to push her out.

Thanks, I really do not want to think about that freaky flying thing, but at least I know what it was.
Don't worry. Queens don't come back before dusk and only settle at night...
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I haven't seen yours yet, could be some kind of baby insect?

This is what I just pushed out, ugh. I just drew it. I wonder if there is a nest around, the stinger was quite distinct. They always told us to kill one, let the others fly out to spread the danger message to stay clear, since these beasts communicate. I don't like to kill, though, so I wonder if he comes back.
Hmmm... resembles something quite common in the midwestern U.S. (and other parts):

http://www.google.com/search?q=mud+d...isch&source=og

Scroll down to the pix of the all-black ones. Non-aggressive and rarely more than 3-4cm. But the nests can be quite solid and really mess up motors, fans, your favorite BBQ...

P.S. Agree with mirfield: I've been warned that killing one wasp, bee, hornet, etc. sends the rest into full battle mode... if you're going to attack, be sure you can wipe out the nest in one go.
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