Subject: Unknown insect
Location: Nr Manchester, UK
August 3, 2014 12:46 pm
We live in the north west of England, near to Manchester and found this insect in our garden. It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before. It measured about 3″ long. Can you identify it?
Signature: Best wishes, Fi
This is a Giant Wood Wasp, Uroceras gigas, and according to the Pottery Museum website: “Flight period: May – August. The large size and black and yellow colouration mean that this ‘wasp’ causes more than a few scares, but it is not a wasp at all, it is a sawfly and completely harmless. The large ‘sting’ is in fact the ovipositor, which is used to lay eggs (and gives it the alternative name of horntail). Most often seen in coniferous woodland. Common in Staffordshire. “