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02/09/2013 at 09:54

Bug on the bronze fennel flowers. Does anyone know what it is?

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02/09/2013 at 10:09

Looks like an icheumon wasp

 

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02/09/2013 at 10:20

Thanks , Daintiness. I would never have guessed it as a wasp. What I thought might be a sting is an ovipositor for laying eggs into caterpillars. Gruesome.

02/09/2013 at 18:28

Sorry fidgetbones, I meant to put the info as a link....in too much of a hurry as usual 

02/09/2013 at 20:49

Wow what a fantastic looking insect and a useful one!

02/09/2013 at 22:38

Beautiful picture Fidgetbones. My first guess is the same as Daintiness, as I think this is an Ichneumon Wasp. I've only ever seen one once before, so I can't really say they're common. They are very valuable natural predators, as their larvae eat garden pests. The female of some species lay their eggs inside other insects too. Sadly I'm no expert, so hopefully there's one out there who could give us more information about this striking insect.

02/09/2013 at 23:16

What made me notice it was the way it was waving the tailbit(ovipositor)around. As far as I could see there was nothing for it to predate on on the fennel.

03/09/2013 at 08:20

This year I have seen more  "new to my garden" insects than ever before....... But the bats are missing this year,  the foxes are shy this year, but the hedgehogs are back. We have solitary bees in the lawn, beeflies predating on them, tree bees in the bird boxes, bumble bees in the veg plot, rat tailed maggots(dronefly)in the comfrey feed. The ladybirds ate all the red and black aphids.

 The squirrels are eating acorns and leaving the sweetcorn alone.

03/09/2013 at 15:28

Go into your settings (from your name at top right of screen)  no 2 upload a photo for your avatar.

03/09/2013 at 15:46

dunno what it is.. but when i clicked on it and it got even bigger.. i got the ebigbies.. whoah dont like it fidget..

03/09/2013 at 15:49

It's harmless gf. If you're not one of the insects they use as an incubator

03/09/2013 at 16:00

I think they're beautiful and fascinating

03/09/2013 at 16:04

yes nut.. at a distance of about 2 miles

03/09/2013 at 16:05

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