Subject: What is this bug
Location: Co kerry ireland
August 13, 2017 11:35 am
Can you tell
Me what this isb
Signature: Michelle osullivan

Great Wood Wasp

Dear Michelle,
This is a Great Wood Wasp,
Uroceros gigas, and according to UK Safari:  “Great Wood Wasps are often mistaken for Hornets because they look similar to a wasp but considerably larger.  They’re sometimes called ‘Giant Horntails’ for obvious reasons.  The female Great Wood Wasp has a long pointed tube at the back of her body, and this is usually mistaken for a stinging organ.  In fact it’s an ovipositor, which she uses to lay her eggs in the trunks of coniferous trees.  Despite their slightly fearsome appearance, these insects are quite harmless.”

Location: Kerry, Ireland

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