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General Chat Thread, Whats this rather lethal looking insect??? in General; It's only been spotted in the SE UK since 1940 and has steadily been moving North and West....
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    It's only been spotted in the SE UK since 1940 and has steadily been moving North and West.

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    Hoverflies are great for your garden. They love to eat aphids. You can tell it isn't a bee because it only has one pair of wings, not two.

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    Got a pic of one of these last year or the year before in my garden:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatpackhamster View Post
    Hoverflies are great for your garden. They love to eat aphids. You can tell it isn't a bee because it only has one pair of wings, not two.
    The OPs hoverfly actually feeds on nectar. So no eating the bad bugs. It will help with plant pollination though.

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    Ph33r Mother Nature!
    We went for a walk up Gummers How in Cumbria today and then after took the kids to the nearby Fell Foot National Trust park on the banks of lake Windermere for a go on the playground there. Whilst there we noticed there was a very large insect flying around that decided to finally settle on me (after about 45 mins of us trying to catch it for a photo) and it decided it liked me so much it gave Mrs Dos_Box time to snap these rather wonderful pics:

    Whats this rather lethal looking insect???-horntail1.jpg

    Whats this rather lethal looking insect???-horntail2.jpg

    The culprit here is a 4cm long female Horntail aka the Wood Wasp (Urocerus gigas). It is actually a member of the sawfly family and perfectly harmless, although allowing it to settle on me where I couldn't actually see it took some self-control I can tell you!
    The large 'sting' you can see is actually an ovipositor it uses for laying it's eggs into trees. It made our day seeing this whist scaring the beezjesus out of the other parents
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    Just so everyone knows....a species has been discovered....flying spiders (I kid you not)...just thought you would all like to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagnerk View Post
    If it ain't a bee, it's lunch for the spiders
    Wasps ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Just so everyone knows....a species has been discovered....flying spiders (I kid you not)...just thought you would all like to know.
    You know the rules. Link, or it didn't happen

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    Just a whole buttload of NOPE!

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    Can you lot kindly bugger off and.... a flying spider would just about be my worst bug ever... not a huge spider fan me

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    I'm currently figuring out how to hermetically seal my house...

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    We rescued this rather impressive beastie from drowning in the pool in the south of France
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    I was at Gummers How on Monday evening, @Dos_Box and I only saw a few normal sort of insects - nothing as impressive as yours! Maybe they knew we were southerners and kept away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    We rescued this rather impressive beastie from drowning in the pool in the south of France
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    Should have let the git drown elsiegee

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    Should have let the git drown elsiegee
    NEVER!! Spiders are our friends. They eat flies which carry disease.
    I love spiders and hate flies

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