Can anyone identify this insect found in the North East of the United Kingdom, July 2019. About 3-4cm long.

Could this be a wood wasp?


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  • $\begingroup$ If by "wood wasp" you mean order Hymenoptera, family Siricidae, the answer is yes; as for which wood wasp, I'm on the wrong side of the Atlantic to go deeper (though I know the genus Sirex is among your possibilities). $\endgroup$ – Arthur J Frost Jul 5 '19 at 15:37

It is definitely a Siricidae and looks like a Urocerus gigas (sometimes called Greater horntail), which is also found in the UK.

In the Nordic countries this is one of the more common species of sawflies, and I suspect the same is true for the UK. The picture below and some info on their biology can be found at species.nbnatlas.org: enter image description here

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