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Old 19th September 2005, 12:33   #1 (permalink)
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Donkey-Bee

As I was being pestered by a large insect yesterday, my Turkish friend warned me not to swat it or move quickly. He told me that it was called a "Donkey-Bee" and had such a sting that hospital treatment was called for. He said they were OK if left alone but any attempt to swat it and it would come back very aggressively.

It was probably 40mm long and dark orange/yellow, but not like a British wasp. Wasps were also in attendance for comparison and were half the size of this monster.

It is unlike any bee I have seen.

I have tried to find something about it on the Internet without luck.

I did find it featured in a Turkish curse "Dilini esek arisi soksun." (I wish donkey bee bite your tongue).

Does anyone know what it is and a site that will give me information?

While we are at it, any info on any insects we might encounter (and risk)might be useful if there are such sites specific to this part of the world.

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Do you mean the v large brown and yellow one's??

Also while we're in identify mode anyone know what
this snake is??

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Do you mean the v large brown and yellow one's??

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I'm almost sure it was one of these beggars that had made a mud nest at the top of my kitchen curtain, it made me feel sick. I took the curtain down, took it outside and smashed the nest and there was loads of dead spiders in it, I then went and checked the other curtain and there was one there as well. Honestly I felt sick to the bottom of my stomach. I didn't put the curtains back up, I washed them and put them away!

I hope it never happens again It was horrible.

I will hunt the internet tonight and see if I can find anything out for you Immac.
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Do you mean the v large brown and yellow one's??

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this snake is??

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Carol - if you are having a problem posting the picture - email me it and I will post it for you

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Re: Donkey-Bee

I've seen these Bee's as well .. ive been searching the internet all day & can't find anything!!

I first experienced them in North Carolina ... i have never seen a bee that size before .. was like a small bird!! needless to say i got out of the area pretty sharpish!

Would love to know what they are really called??

My grandparents (who live in NC) said they were 'just' bees!!
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http://www.basecamp.cnchost.com/bees.htm

Can't find anything on Donkey Bees. I reckon it was no. 6 who decided to set up home in my curtain.
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Hi I think ive attached the snake this time!!
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err....snake is decapitated???? Honestly, best to not approach them. Most will retreat. Looks like a harmless collubrid but I am not an expert
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We found it decapitated on our patio
my saviour was a little white cat with
one green eye and one blue eye, she
turns up every time we arrive to stay
this time she had with her 3 beautiful
white kittens all with one green eye and
one blue eye. They were even better
fed this time than they usually are

We get lots of the big bee things but
only usually in August, Adam normally leaves
a big puddle of water for them when he washes
the patio, bit daunting but never been a problem
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