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Can someone tell me if this is a wasp, hornet or something else? They seem to be very attracted to my hedge (previous question). I have tried looking for a nest but can't see anything obvious. Finding out what they are may help me find the nest. Thanks again.




Definately a Hoverfly ;)

6 Aug, 2011


Hoverflies are great pollinators so look after them.
Like all the others they're a gardeners friend and are attracted to areas where there is pollen and nectar close by.
I get loads of them here :-))

6 Aug, 2011


Yep, definitely a hoverfly.

They are harmless, and therefore have no sting and do not bite.

If I remember correctly their colouring is just to put off predators, because they resmeble an insect with a nasty sting.

Hoverfliers are great pollinators, and that is why I like them.

6 Aug, 2011


Hoverfly and there seem to be loads this summer in Scotland. They do the garden a world of good!

6 Aug, 2011


Oh. I was wondering if it was a tawny mining bee. They often make nests in small holes in lawns with a small mound round the opening, and they feed on currant and gooseberry flowers in the Spring. But on second thoughts it is more a hoverfly shape and as there are 5000 hoverflies there are plenty to choose from! I can't find a pic of a thin orange one though.

6 Aug, 2011


ditto hoverfly

6 Aug, 2011


Thanks guys - I don't mind which hoverfly it is - there are 100s here everyday :) I must be doing something right!!!
A black and white one which I thought was also a wasp, Noseypotter put me right though!
The neighbour over the back grows veg - he leaves an area at the back of my hedge to grow wild - which is probably why they are attracted to this hedge.
Thanks again :)

6 Aug, 2011


your more than welcome scottish

6 Aug, 2011

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