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Creepy-Crawly  Wood Wasp

Latin name: Urocerus gigas

Size: Approximately 4cm long.

Distribution: Fairly common throughout the UK.

Months seen: May to October.

Habitat: Usually found in or near coniferous woods.

Food: The larvae feed on dead wood.

Special features: Sometimes called 'horntails' for obvious reasons. The female (above) has a long pointed tube at the back of her body, and this is often mistaken for a stinging organ. In fact it's an ovipositor, which she uses to lay her eggs in the trunks of coniferous trees. Despite their appearance, these insects are quite harmless.

To give an idea of size, the screw in the photo above has a 9mm diameter head.


2011 - Portinscale, Keswick - Tony Duncan
2015 - Ringwood, Hampshire - Jo Kennett
2015 - Newport, South Wales - David Richards
2015 - Buckland Filleigh, Devon - Liz Williams
2015 - Great Smeaton, North Yorkshire - Angela Scott
2015 - Lincoln, Lincolnshire - Paul Barden

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