Great Wood Wasp from England

Subject: Large strange insect in garden
Location: Heptonstall west Yorks Hx7 7ha
August 6, 2016 8:14 am
Found this large bug in kids blue tray in garden. Never seen anything like it. What is it and isn’t safe please . It is about 2 ich long. Has bright yellow eyes and a trail like. Thing st back
Signature: Joan Rutkowski

Great Wood Wasp
Great Wood Wasp

Dear Joan,
This is a Great Wood Wasp,
Urocerus gigas, and you can read more about it on UK Safari where it states:  “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.”

Thank you so much for that quick reply. Glad to know it is not harmful and we have let it loose in the conifer hedge

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