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Old 10.06.2009, 22:22
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What on earth is that? aka name that insect

OK first off, I'm in Basel. Tonight there seems to be an awful lot of an insect I cannot identify about.... I am no entymologist, in truth since I have an allergy to wasps and react badly to any insect bite, I have never really felt a need to get too close to the critters.

Anyway, these are about 2.5cm in length and look fat. Theit abdomen is striped like a bee's but they have beetle like carapaces. The yellow in the bee like stripes is a dirty yellow and the bands are about 1mm thick. We have an anti bird net covering our balcony and these beasts seem to enjoy climbing it. They make quite a buzz when flying.

Will try to get a picture of one, but when I noticed them earlier was too chicken to do anything but bat them away. D'oh!
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Old 10.06.2009, 22:34
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It's not one of these little blighters is it?

The Banded Sexton Beetle
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Old 10.06.2009, 22:35
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a Bumblebee ???

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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

sounds like some sort of a hornet perhaps.

are they fat more like a bumblebee or slender like a dragonfly? i've seen the slender types similar to your description here in ZRH the last few days.
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but they have beetle like carapaces. The yellow in the bee like stripes is a dirty yellow and the bands are about 1mm thick.
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sounds like some sort of a hornet perhaps.
It's the Beetle like carapace though... It doesn't really fit any description of a Bee, Hornet, wasp, or Bumblebee...

I take it that when he says it has a beetle like carapace, he means the wings protected are under there...

I don't know, but on a related topic, anyone know any beekeepers? I'd like to get some honey, but I'd prefer to get it from a beekeeper than from the supermarket shelf
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Old 10.06.2009, 23:41
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

Perhaps 'June bugs', also known as cockchafers. They don't sting or bite.
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Old 10.06.2009, 23:51
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Perhaps 'June bugs', also known as cockchafers. They don't sting or bite.
I don't want to know how they got that name - if it's the obvious one, I'd rather get stung thanks!!
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

U sure it's not just ladybirds?? I have a lots coming into the bedroom from the tree outside. they do look like if they were on Speed when they are flying sometimes... I suppose they don't call them ladybirds for nothing!!??

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my bad. (c; i missed the carapace bit. doh!
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Old 11.06.2009, 01:23
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Perhaps 'June bugs', also known as cockchafers. They don't sting or bite.
I am pretty cetain that this is a Cockchafer or European chafer. I know them as May Bugs. Details

The June Bug is a similar creature but not a cockchafer. These are North American natives. Details

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I don't want to know how they got that name - if it's the obvious one, I'd rather get stung thanks!!
You will be pleased to hear that the name originates from the German 'Kafer' (Beetle) and Old English. Its name is literally 'Big Beetle'. Details
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May bugs are attracted to light and can be abundant for a few days so beware

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Old 11.06.2009, 10:20
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I don't know, but on a related topic, anyone know any beekeepers? I'd like to get some honey, but I'd prefer to get it from a beekeeper than from the supermarket shelf
1279 Honey, run by an English guy living just north of Geneva. He has a few hives and makes fantastic honey - he's not too far from you. (I also sell it in our cheese shop, it really is very very good )

EDIT: Just noticed he has updated his web site and there is loads of info about keeping bees and making honey, also what to look for on honey labels in shops.

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Old 11.06.2009, 10:53
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

Many thanks all.

Sand in the underpants it is... bad joke I know but haven't yet had my coffee-

They are noisy blighters and there seemed to be an awful lot of them about last night before the rain started.

Glad they don't sting though.
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Old 11.06.2009, 16:26
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

On a related but different subject. What's up with all the dead bees around at the moment.

I'm not talking hundreds, but I've certainly seen tens of bees dead on the pavements and roads around the Novartis Campus over the last two days.

Is all the work disrupting them?

Is this a percursor to the end of the world, lots of cockchafers fleeing Switzerland and heading to France and the bees dying.
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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

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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Re: What on earth is that? aka name that insect

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.....................
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Old 18.06.2009, 15:13
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Have a look at this Insect Site. It's in German but pictures are OK. Maybe you recognise him here. Search under 'Hornisse'.
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Old 18.06.2009, 15:20
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On a related but different subject. What's up with all the dead bees around at the moment.

I'm not talking hundreds, but I've certainly seen tens of bees dead on the pavements and roads around the Novartis Campus over the last two days.

Is all the work disrupting them?

Is this a percursor to the end of the world, lots of cockchafers fleeing Switzerland and heading to France and the bees dying.
Hey, I saw two dead bees last night, one right in front of my door. I had actually put it down to the smell in Lachen, which could kill ye, for sure, thanks to the schweineverwertungsanlage in Galgenen, but seeing as you have them too... hmm, maybe we should start buying the tins and keeping the cellars full........ Quick, get to aldi......
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Have a look at this Insect Site. It's in German but pictures are OK. Maybe you recognise him here. Search under 'Hornisse'.
Thanks I had a look it is very similar but the ones we get seem fuller bodied. but this is the closest pic so far.
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Old 18.06.2009, 15:23
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Thanks I had a look it is very similar but the ones we get seem fuller bodied. but this is the closest pic so far.
Yours have probably just had supper!
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