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Sue I think it's a wasp. I'm afraid them because they bit me and the last time it was in my neck. So I suppose it's a foe.
It is Nadezda. I once stood on the hole to a wasp nest and a few attacked my foot. I didn't think that they were friends then,
It doesn't look very friendly. Great photos though.
She was in the summer house Jo and just ignored us,
Wasp or hornet doesn`t matter to me as long as it doesn`t sting you, nice macro image Sue
Apparently hornets are brown and yellow rather than black and yellow, David.
Friend of the garden, but might be your foe. I don't know the species you all have in the UK. Most of the wasps here are gentle and if you leave them alone they will leave you alone. But yellow jackets (which yours looks like, but don't know if you have them there) can be aggressive especially around their nests in the ground.
I think yellow jackets is an American name doe thw same wasp as we have, Daphne. As I mentioned above I have first hand (or foot) experience of how they protect there nests,
Definitely a wasp - http://www.eakringbirds.com/eakringbirds2/insectswaspsidentification.htm. I agree with Daphne - they are great pollinators, but not necessarily friendly to the gardener. They will generally leave you alone unless they feel threatened...I usually think it's best to stay away from them as you never know what you may do (inadvertently) to make them feel that way.
She was a big girl, Margaret and I wondered if she was a queen in the look out for a nesting site. I hope she didn't fancy inside the summerhouse. It's hard to identify the species.
Definitely a friend. Wasps are great pollinators, it's not just bees that do such necessary work :-}
They prey in aphids too, Jayne but also ruin our ripe fruit
I would go with friend AND foe, they are great pollinators...are helpful with the aphids in the garden and will also clean up rotting corpses.....however if they are having a bad day they certainly let everyone know about it and they are also quite crafty thieves when it comes to the hives and i have been known to kill them then. I am sorry to say that I will put wasp traps up around the hives so that they don't get in and destroy the colonies.
A perfect description Tanya. Friend if they stick to their own business and foe id they turn rogue.
It looks like a hover fly to me, wasps always look MUCH angrier!xxx
Definitely a wasp, Dina - it was just having a good day.
Foe definitely foe - they look evil don't they. Beautiful shots though.
The pincers look scary, Elaine. I'm glad I am not their size or smaller.
Friends! They do pollination in my garden!
Friends with a dark side Malar
I'm allergic to wasps, so I have to consider them foe.
Last year a plot neighbour had to be taken away by ambulance after being stung Patsy. He is allergic and was trying to get rid of a wasps' nest!
I'll go with the friend and foe too. Luckily I've never had problems with them, apart from being stung on the bottom when I was a small child! And that was so long ago I hardly remember it. One of my friends who keeps bees ironically has a bad reaction to bee stings, his arm was swollen right up recently.
Your friend must be a dedicated bee keeper, Lou
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