Gosh, I keep seeing new creatures in my garden! This one was quite scary and I thought it was a hornet – not that I would know, never having seen a hornet. Nevertheless, I took photos of this huge black and gold wasp. The first few images were a bit shaky!
Reading up on it later, I discovered it is a hairy flower wasp, a solitary fellow and a nectar drinker. They are not aggressive as they have no nest to defend. The female is designed to dig and the larvae feeds inside a paralysed host – usually a beetle grub. Yuk.
The fringes on its body remind me of those flapper dresses of the 1920s. I’ve seen pictures, I’m not that old!
Thanks for looking! ❤