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Urgent - creature ID

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by wez130, 13 Jul 2006.

  1. wez130

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    so i was weeding my front garden when i came across a stranded frog - so i picked it up and stuck it in my pond in the backk garden, when suddenly i hear this flutter of wings, turn round and absolutely poo myself at this creature coming towards me...
    luckily i dodged it, ran inside got my camera and took a pic and ran off (i weren't hanging about for more lol.

    anyway - this creature is abpout 3" long and i've never seen one before....

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    any ideas?
     
  2. Windle

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    Hornet?
     
  3. stig

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    holy moses! looks like a locus! theyre coming for us! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!
     
  4. Bitchplz

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    Hornet? :p
     
  5. Oracle

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    hornet...............rolled up newspaper tbh
     
  6. g0th2000

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  7. wez130

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    a hornet? i've never seen one - scared tyhe hell out of me

    here's a better pic....
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    edit - jesus - look at the stinger on that
     
  8. wez130

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    certainly looks like one
     
  9. Oracle

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    Dont fret.............it's an ovipositor

    Still, newspaper for the win I say
     
  10. -westy-

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    camel spider.
     
  11. Spacky

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    Looks Hornet-ish definately wasp family, not sure if its a hornet though.
     
  12. Freefaller

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    It's the wrong colour for a hornet. Hornet's are usually redder in colour.
     
  13. iCraig

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    I don't know what it is, but I know what it should be; dead.
     
  14. Stelly

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    please tell me thats not in the UK

    Stelly
     
  15. Overload

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    May I semi hijack this thread as I have a bird needing to be identified??

    Here is a link to the [not very good] picture. Picture Link.

    Anyway was on my phone in the garden and saw this bird of prey (?). Dashed to get my less than average camera and managed to get a picture. Could only get one as A) the batteries died and B) the bird flew off.

    I think it is a eagle of sorts. It had those rubber strips attached to its feet - so probably owned by someone nearby.

    You'll probably need to adjust your gamma/constast to get a better look.

    Thanks.

    Hornets are usally smaller than 3 inches, usually about 1 inch.
     
  16. penski

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    IT WANTS TO LAY EGGS IN YOUR BRAINS!!!!!!!

    *n
     
  17. stuppy

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    Can we get a size comparison with something please. To me it looks like the size of a small bird.

    I'd serve it up with some canaloni and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese malted milk and digestive biscuits.
     
  18. wez130

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    i'm pretty certain it's a woodwasp as has been mentioned - as i said - it's about 3" body length by about 1/2" thick and apparently - they are common in the UK - i'll go have another look in my garden see if i can see it and get a size comparison - though it's probably gone now after eating my decking :D
    edit - you can tell the thickness of it as it's sat on normal bamboo cane which is about 1/2 inch thick
     
  19. Ukadder

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    Get them all the time round here
     
  20. stuppy

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    Its hideous.

    I have a rule in life. If it has more than 4 legs, then it should die, instantly.