This week we’re kicking off the new year with a special #FactFriday and introducing the giant horntail (Urocerus gigas) also known as the giant woodwasp.
While these creatures may look like wasps, they are actually a member of the sawfly family and, despite their menacing appearance, are harmless to humans.
They do however live up to their name when it comes to size. These sawflies can range from 28-52mm with females being the biggest.
The female uses her long stinger-like tail to lay her eggs inside the trunk of trees, especially pine, where they spend up to 5 years growing!