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  • Location: Bexley (home), C London (work)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms
  • Location: Bexley (home), C London (work)

    Found this today when at a project I have been working on in West London.

    Is this the much feared asian hornet I've read about?

    Physiologically it doesn't resemble a European hornet but the size and colours seem right.

    What do people think?

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  • Location: Bexley (home), C London (work)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms
  • Location: Bexley (home), C London (work)

    Apparently having done a bit of research it's a giant wood wasp or 'horntail'...apparently they can't sting.

    Still...first I've ever seen and something I don't want flying around me all the same

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
  • Weather Preferences: warm and sunny, thunderstorms, frost, fog, snow, windstorms
  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl

    Apparently having done a bit of research it's a giant wood wasp or 'horntail'...apparently they can't sting.Still...first I've ever seen and something I don't want flying around me all the same

     

    Yes, I think they're pretty cool. The big "sting" sheaths an ovipositor that they will use to bore into wood to lay their eggs. They're actually a type of sawfly I think, rather than a wasp.

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  • Location: Bexley (home), C London (work)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms
  • Location: Bexley (home), C London (work)

    Cheers chaps

     

    I'd never heard of them before or seen one, so its certainly been an education! 

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