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Can anyone identify this insect.


 
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Dulchie
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:57 am    Post subject: Can anyone identify this insect. Reply with quote

I Found this insect flying around in my Greenhouse yesterday. I have never seen one before and am curious to know what it is. It must be close to 2 inches in length. In case anyone is wondering, I practiced CPR on it... Catch, Photograph and Release Very Happy


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it may be a Giant Wood Wasp (uroceras gigas according to my book ! )
Also known as horntail. The long "tail" is used to lay eggs in timber. Flies May-August.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's it alright. Frightening to see but quite harmless from what I read on Wikipedia.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is the Wood wasp . dont know if it is Giant or not. generally found in glasshouses but seldom in open garden except in very warm conditions, feeds on decaying woody plants not known to cause any serious damage often mistaken for a hornet.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the above, it looks like a wood wasp to me!
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