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Giant wood wasp.

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a giant wood wasp from the museums collection.
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Scientific name: Uroceras gigas.

Body length: 30mm.

Flight period:
May - August.

The large size and black and yellow colouration mean that this 'wasp' causes more than a few scares, but it is not a wasp at all, it is a sawfly and completely harmless. The large 'sting' is in fact the ovipositor, which is used to lay eggs (and gives it the alternative name of horntail). Most often seen in coniferous woodland.

Common in Staffordshire.