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LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,134

This was in the house today, its about 2inches long with  definite stripes across body, I have never seen any like this of this size.



Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 



  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,176
  • DyersEndDyersEnd Posts: 730

    Kill it.  They eat honey bees the horrible beasts image

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,134

    He was a big beast. I put him out, if I see another I will kill it!

    Are they just down here Verdun?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,176

    Aw. These eat bees too but you wouldn't say kill them. Would you?


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  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845

    Are you near conifers?we used to get wood wasps, huge beasts, not seen any for a few years thankfully

    please make sure you know what it is before you kill it, but if it has to go then it has to go!

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  • paulk2paulk2 Posts: 184

    If you look at...

    you will notice some marked differences between the wikipedia image of the asian giant hornet and Lyn's image especially around the head.

    I've been having a nosy around online and have come across the sawflies (Hymenoptera) which look similar to Lyn's image. These have two pairs of wings, which I believe Lyn's image shows, albeit fuzzed out as it's flying.

    How about this for a better match...?

    and then click on "Vespula germanica" at the bottom of the page.

    or do a google images search for "Hymenoptera Vespula germanica"


  • TootsietimTootsietim Posts: 178

    I believe it to be a common hornet and therefore quite safe if unprovoked.

    The pattern on its' abdomen is wrong for Asian hornet.

    The visitor centre at Hickling Broad nature reserve in Norfolk had a nest inside a display barn owl nest box. So long as you were quite and calm you could get right up close and watch these fascinating insects from about 18 inches away.

    Please don't let media hype about alien invaders colour our attitudes towards our native fauna. Hornets, like wasps are great predators of garden pests.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,134

    This was definitely it...the article says they havent yet arrived!

    There were no spots just plain band of stripes, That was no ordinary hornet,

    I  agree with Verdun, we do need to kill certain creatures, if we didnt, we wouldnt  be here in a few years time..vermin for instance, 2000 from one pair in a year, we would soon be overun with them, another plague epidemic. If these wasps are going to kill bees, then they have to be eradicated.


    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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