frosty17's picture

Weird insect

Hello,

Could anyone please identify this weird insect we spotted flying around our garden?

I have uploaded a video of it investigating a raw plug on our wall to youtube . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaRLI9xq3Gc

Thanks,
John

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Jason Green's picture

It's a parasitic wasp,

It's a parasitic wasp, probably 'Gasteruption jaculator'.

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DavidNotton's picture

Gasteruption jaculator

I agree with Jason, its a female Gasteruption, probably G. jaculator which is the commonest of the species with a long ovipositor. It parasitises hole nesting bees, and they can commonly be seen probing holes at this time of year to see if there are suitable hosts present.

frosty17's picture

Thank You

Thank you to both Jason and David for identifying it for me. That looks exactly like it. We had never seen anything that looked quiet so weird looking in our garden!

John

miked's picture

it is possible to put videos

it is possible to put videos as links for observations so you can make an observation and either just do a screen grab of part of the video or just paste the url of the video into the comments e.g.
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/97966