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What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 08:36
by zodiac
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And what is it doing in my garden??

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 08:44
by Mike J
My guess is its a species of Hoverfly.
Some of these flies feed on small insects and aphids, the insect near its head maybe indicative.

Im presuming it is dead and the extension at the rear of its abdomen is its ovipositor and not a sting.

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 08:51
by zodiac
It's dead Mike, I fished it out a pail of water. I didn't see the wee fella near it's head till I looked at the photo!

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 08:53
by davelumb

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 09:09
by Danoutdoors
Wood wasp I think, had one here about 2 weeks ago, I think the spike isn’t actually a sting but designed to lay eggs in cracks in the wood

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 09:20
by Mike J
Zodie, if you still have it don't chuck it away.
Instead dry it out and keep it in a small tin or shot container until it can be positively identified, I can tell you what you need to do but the body will be required.

If Dave hasn't done it already, I will get onto it when I have time..

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 09:34
by zodiac
I still have it Mike, I'll keep it.

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 09:51
by davelumb
Danoutdoors wrote:
Wood wasp I think, had one here about 2 weeks ago, I think the spike isn’t actually a sting but designed to lay eggs in cracks in the wood
This?
https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife ... t-horntail

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 10:00
by Mike J
davelumb wrote:
Danoutdoors wrote:
Wood wasp I think, had one here about 2 weeks ago, I think the spike isn’t actually a sting but designed to lay eggs in cracks in the wood
This?
https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife ... t-horntail



Looks like you've got it there Dave :thumbs:

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 10:01
by Danoutdoors
davelumb wrote:
Danoutdoors wrote:
Wood wasp I think, had one here about 2 weeks ago, I think the spike isn’t actually a sting but designed to lay eggs in cracks in the wood
This?
https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife ... t-horntail
Yea looks about right doesn’t it 👍

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 10:28
by davelumb
:thumbs: :thumbs:

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 10:37
by zodiac
You're all wrong, it is in fact a penny..
:coat:

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 14:56
by zodiac
Seriously though, apparently they're quite common, and also harmless. I'm not sure I believe either of those 'facts'!

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 15:32
by RAB-HENDO
Horrible looking bastad. That would get the rolled up tea towel treatment :hammer:

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 16:44
by fergie68
We have had a few of those over the years in among and on tile and counter battens. They seem to like that sort of timber.

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 18:52
by Nige Johns
Is it not a moff ?

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 19:36
by Will Smith
I have always known them as wood wasps also, never ever thought to challenge that TBH.

Will.

Re: What is this?

Posted: Thu Aug 15 2019 19:39
by Will Smith
Ha ha what do you know :-
https://www.uksafari.com/woodwasp.htm

Know by both names :thumbs:

Will

Re: What is this?

Posted: Sat Aug 17 2019 10:03
by Mike J
Advice.
If anyone finds anything they cannot identify, photograph it, and if its dead keep it in a cold dry place, and if its a plant make a plant or something growing make a note of its location.

The reason we have an inbuilt instinct to only take notice things which we do not see frequently. This is how many rare species come to the attention of scientists.
If something cannot be identified first contact your County Natural History Society, if that draws a blank, next try the NE Officer for your County, usually they will be able to get a correct ID and if its a rarity probably ask to visit the site with you.
If the specimen is really rare then a survey of the area will often be undertaken by a specialist team of ecologists.

99.9% of this country has never ever been surveyed, in truth nobody really knows what is out there, only a 'good idea'.