Subject: Help
Location: Ireland
July 16, 2016 12:24 pm
Hi,I’ve seen only one of these guys before. It’s maybe 1-2 inches long,as thick as a pen and the rest is in the picture. Would love to know what it is!! I thought it liked a bit like a fat mayfly
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Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

This is a Wood Wasp or Horntail, Urocerus gigas, and according to the Irish site Gardening.ie:  “Wood wasps, also called horntails, are pretty scary insects. They’re large, they’re fast and noisy fliers, they come in yellow and black warning colours and they have what looks like a ferocious stinger on their rear ends. But, although they’re doing their best to frighten you off, they’re completely harmless. ”  According to GeoGraph:  ” It does not sting; the feature which gives rise to its common name is an ovipositor, used to lay eggs in coniferous wood.”

Location: Ireland

One Response to Wood Wasp from Ireland

  1. Emma says:

    *Shudder* I’d still stay away from it!! Thanks for clearing that up for us

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