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Aug 19, 2010 1:12 PM

Huge flying creature in scotland

I saw this wasp hornet like creature on the ground as my cat was up sniffing at it, and at first i thought it was a butterfly with its wings off, i thought the cat ate part of it so i took closer look, ran in to get my camera but sorry the pics are bit fuzzy, it was about 3 inches in lenth but what got me was when it moved it had a huge yellow stinger about 1 hald inches long and it was thick, i couldnt belive it iv never seen such a thing in my whole life ,i ran in to get a jar to see if i could catch it and get a closer look, but it lifted up into the air and flew off i could still hear its noise a good 25 foot away from me, i was wondering if anyone knows what it is again maby bit hard to tell by picture, you see part of its stinger but belive me that was only the tip, i looked up hornet but couldnt see any with a stinger like this thing had nor any huge wasps had this stinger. its wings were flat on its body it was slim tostingy creature 2.jpg

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    Aug 19, 2010 2:35 PM (in response to helen1434)
    Re: Huge flying creature in scotland
    Looks like a greater woodwasp Urocerus gigas - nothing to worry about!  These are not actually wasps, but a type of sawfly.  Your specimen is a female, fortunately the 'stinger' is really an ovipositor for laying eggs inside wood.  They are quite common around conifer plantations.
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        Aug 20, 2010 10:13 AM (in response to helen1434)
        Re: Huge flying creature in scotland

        Hi Helen,


        This species has lots of common names including the horntail, horntail wasp, greater horntail, giant horntail, greater woodwasp, giant woodwasp etc. etc. Some of these names are also used to describe similar species.  A prefect example of why Latin names are useful!  There is only one species that is referred to as Urocerus gigas, and I think that's what you've got

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