What is this?
I thought it was a hornet, but further investigation seems to suggest it is a giant hoverfly! Volucella zonaria it's a hornet mimic
It's a beauty Rhod!
Lovely how some of them are big and some are so tiny. A little one came and sat on my arm the other day when I was having a seat and a drink. Think he was feeling the heat too
Last year I had a wood wasp in the garden. They're astonishing - very noisy, clattery wings! I've noticed a lot more wasps this year - very busy around all the plants, and spending a lot of time drinking at the little birdbath.
I agree fairygirl, loads of wasps or jaspers as there known 'round 'ere! They have taken over the fennel from the hoverflies, I must help somehow.....
You must help Bamboogie, plant more fennel
Where are you Bamboogie? - I lived most of my life in Suffolk - we had Jaspers there
Jaspers in Cambs as well. I wonder where the word comes from.
We had a stripey cat called Jasper
From Kernow but now settled in south devon. There's a swarm of emmits 'round 'ere too at the moment!
Think they're called jaspers after the mineral, which can be striped
BBoogie...........need a translation please. What are emmits ? I ask in case I have some as well and it sounds rather a nice name
The mineral was new to me Dove. Missed that one