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Bee like inset in dustbin

I haveadustbin half filled with rotting leaves, may be a couple of apples in there too.  there are 30/40 yellow and black stripped 1/2" insects on top of the leaves by the end of the day they are sitting on the sides.  iwhat do you think they are?

should I wedge they lid open slightly so they can leave?




  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    Look like wasps to me which probably came from an adult laying eggs in the apples.  I'd leave to top off until they are gone.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,431

    however hard I look at these still don't look like wasps. maybe the camera angle but body looks too wide and wings the wrong shape and angle. I agree about letting them out.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929

    Leave the lid off on a dry day . The only other thing I can think they remind me of are Hornetts. But only ever seen a dead one up close and this was big.  I must agree with nut though the body looks too plumped up . The body of this dead Hornet was like a big fat grub.

  • VonmarrVonmarr Posts: 7

    Thanks for your replies. theres a lot of them if the are hornets.  wondered if they are  hooverflys.Whatever I would rather they left.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,431

    They'd probaly like to leave as well Vonmarr. You said they were half an inch long. That would be a very small hornet.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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