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Old 15.06.2011, 17:07
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

This is it, Mud Dauber, black, weird and with a couple of orangey/yellowy stains, mine had all black legs and was extra large. Wows. Thanks! I didn't even know these beasts existed, I remember seeing some mutant looking, oversize yello jackets once or twice before but I thought they were just flukes.



I will watch if they are around. They must have made a nest in the next door garden, it gets watered and muddy now, I always get some rosemary, bayleaf and sage there, I think I will wait a few weeks. Gota get some screens in our windowns
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Old 15.06.2011, 17:20
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This is it, Mud Dauber, black, weird and with a couple of orangey/yellowy stains, mine had all black legs and was extra large.
There are no mud daubers in Europe. But we have Schlupfwespen - ichneumon wasps. They do actually get 5 cm long, but are thinner than hornets. They are parasites and put their eggs under the skin of their victims where the larvae then starts to develop... (but their victims are all other insects and bugs.)

Wikipedia reference-linkIchneumonidae

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Old 15.06.2011, 17:32
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

Blech, really? The thing is it really did look exactly like one of those black Mud Daubers, dark with a few random orangey spots, certainly not bright yellow stripes, faint ones, on the back, but it was dark.



But the legs were all dark, and looked heavy, the entire thing flew slowly around, wiggling the long legs. It was 5cms, so it could have been that parasitical waspy thing you said, maybe a young one, maybe the colors come fully in laters, does not sound right...

Anyways, hope the eucalyptus spray keeps them away, esp. at night. The nest must be somewhere close, can't see that slow thing flying from afar.
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What is this insect?

This monster bug was lurking on the outside light for several hours. I have never seen anything like it before ... and it is big! I know that it looks plastic but I can assure you it is real and is 3-4 cms long with a kind of white beak. Any ideas what it can be? (ps, this got moved ...so I am still wondering)
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

Had a visit from one of these guys today. It's about 4-5cm long. Google and Wikipedia lead me to believe it's a musk beetle ("Moschusbock" in German) and apparently protected in Germany. Hope it survived it's flight off the balcony and enjoys the biodiversity of Zurich city.
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