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    Default Why are there wasps hovering everywhere?

    The damn things are everywhere at the moment, I cant even go out in the garden because they are darting from one place to another Is there some reason they are doing it?

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    Are they really wasps? We have lots of hover fly things and also solitary bees which are slim and wasp-looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flummery View Post
    Are they really wasps? We have lots of hover fly things and also solitary bees which are slim and wasp-looking.
    They are big and the one's I've been brave enough to have a close look at have 2 parts to their bodies. They look like wasps...

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    There are quite a lot of queen wasps around at the moment. Just a few days ago, I was about to crush a queen wasp that was gnawing at some old wooden fence post. Then I remembered that wasps actually take away a lot of garden pests (caterpillars, craneflies <adult leatherjacket> etc), so I let it go.
    When I end up with wasps making holes in my tree fruit, you can remind me that letting the wasp go might not have been a good idea!

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    If they're hovering over plants they're probably hover flies IgglePiggle.
    They're harmless and they eat the aphids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IgglePiggle
    The damn things are everywhere at the moment, I cant even go out in the garden because they are darting from one place to another
    Why can't you go out in the garden, they're not interested in you whatever they are! Its more than likely they're hover flies/bees, fascinating and harmless.

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    We've had some bee flies around in the past couple of weeks. They're slightly odd looking 'furry' things, triangular in shape with a long tongue sticking out at the front!

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    Wasps don't hover.
    Hoverflies hover

    http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/...overflies.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallblueplanet View Post
    We've had some bee flies around in the past couple of weeks. They're slightly odd looking 'furry' things, triangular in shape with a long tongue sticking out at the front!
    I've been wondering what they are! We've had quite a few in the garden, I thought they were a weird type of bee

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