Greater Horntail Wasp Urocerus gigas (Linnaeus, 1758)
A large insect and of fearsome appearance, with even the common name deemed by many as being threatening, just by using the name Wasp. The Greater Horntail Wasp is actually an insect which is completely harmless, but when this one turned up in a Market Warsop pet shop in August 2012, no doubt some panick ensued. We were called in to collect it and identified it as Urocerus gigas. Its UK distribution is patchy and they are largely found in coniferous areas. The long ovipositor of the female, is used to lay eggs into the bark of trees in which the larva develops.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Urocerus gigas
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Richard Hand. Tim Sexton.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2016

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