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Big, scary hornets – worse than the eurowasp?

By kevn - 7 December 2008 51

I’ve been noticing an increase in big scary, native (I think) hornets around the place.

We first noticed them walking up the big hill in Lyons some weeks back, but now they’re in the garden. Haven’t been able to get a snap yet, but they are very big – at least 5cm long and with a nasty looking sting.

I saw and was warned about very similar looking ones in the territory some years back, but have never seen them here.

Anyone else noticing these scary things? Any precautions or people we should call about their presence a la eurowasps?

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Big, scary hornets – worse than the eurowasp?
Thumper 1:06 pm 08 Dec 08

A blackness so black that even the white bits are black…

Thumper 1:06 pm 08 Dec 08

A blackness that is so black it you could hide a black pudding in it…

Thumper 1:05 pm 08 Dec 08

A blackness that sucks the very light from the sky….

Thumper 1:05 pm 08 Dec 08

The blackness has a shimmer to it.

A certain evil blackness….

phototext 1:02 pm 08 Dec 08

“Sounds like a massive moth”

I wish. No, definetely in the wasp, hornet family of scary mean mothers. The blackness has a shimmer to it. Not the sort of thing you want landing on you….. or in fact in the same suburb. 🙂

H1NG0 12:50 pm 08 Dec 08

phototext said :

There was a bigass thing in my yard the other week, scared the bejeezuz out of me. Huge, size of a truck.

Not the usual wasp looking like creature, but black body, thick and mean looking to boot. About the size of a Cicada.

Anyone know what these creatures from hell are, they wasps ?

Sounds like a massive moth. I have seen them the size of my fist. As for Thumper, i can sympathise with being bitten on the neck by a wasp, that hurts like hell. Felt like being punched in the neck!

Ari 12:42 pm 08 Dec 08

I love them being around, at my place they seem to specifically target large spiders.

Every time I see one venturing into a spider’s lair I’m reminded of Frodo v Shelob.

Plus they look kewl.

phototext 12:42 pm 08 Dec 08

There was a bigass thing in my yard the other week, scared the bejeezuz out of me. Huge, size of a truck.

Not the usual wasp looking like creature, but black body, thick and mean looking to boot. About the size of a Cicada.

Anyone know what these creatures from hell are, they wasps ?

GB 11:37 am 08 Dec 08
Thumper 9:26 am 08 Dec 08

A big sucker of a wasp hammered me on the back of my neck last summer. Man, did that hurt!

blueberry 9:16 am 08 Dec 08

Gosh i was just to post some photos of what i think is the same bug as you are talking about.
I saw it drag a massive dead huntsman across our yard in less than 5 min. It even carried it up and over the fence.

Pretty scary looking thing about 1 1/5 inches long mostly black with some orange?

Does any one know if they are particularly dangerous to humans or dogs?

ant 11:56 pm 07 Dec 08

Lots of nasties around this year, it seems. I sprung a brown snake at unfortunately close quarters yesterday, not happy about that. How do you get rid of snakes? Go ask on a farmers’ forum! I now have several methods.

Instant Mash 10:39 pm 07 Dec 08

Nah, it’s a different one.

It says those ones only eat caterpillars.

staria 10:09 pm 07 Dec 08

Yeah, I saw a nice big one tucking into a huntsman the other day. I had a look on the internet and found this page, but as I too haven’t taken a picture I can’t compare to see if it was exactly the same one.

Instant Mash 6:01 pm 07 Dec 08

I saw one in my garden two days ago, in Charnwood.

The scary part was, it was dragging away a spider it had killed. A decent sized one too.

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