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markie6657markie6657 Alvechurch, WorcestershirePosts: 30
had this in the window this morning, very big over an inch long at not your run of the mill wasp. I've attached a couple of photos if anyone can put a name to it I'd appreciate it as we found a dead one in the house a couple of days ago too


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 60,372
    edited 20 May
    It’s a queen wasp ... I think it might be one of the Dolichovespula species  ... if you scroll down here you’ll find it.

    She’s hibernated somewhere in your house over the winter and now the weather is warmer she wants to get out and find a place to start a new colony. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • markie6657markie6657 Alvechurch, WorcestershirePosts: 30

    Many thanks for your reply, that was a great help. As someone who reacts badly to wasp stings it's fair to say this rather put the wind up me the other day given its size!
  • tuikowhai34tuikowhai34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 212
    They have their place in the system, but they do kill the bees.  Hmmm.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 60,372
    Have you tried hanging a waspinator or two in your garden? I’ve not used them but I know a couple of cafes and places who have outside eating areas who swear by them to deter wasps from an area. 

    If I had a problem with wasp stings I’d certainly give it a try.

    (I have no connection to them)

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 BirminghamPosts: 261
    We have a few large wasps appear every year, usually around April, in our study. They’re always very sleepy so easy to put outside. We’ve never worked seen them emerge from their hidey-hole to out where they are coming from.

     If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • I think it is a hornet.
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