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What the hell is this?! Just flew in my bathroom window...

Rich says:

It looks a bit like a slightly exotic wasp.

The sports model, if you will.

13th Sep 2007, 00:33

silar31 says:

Mosquito hawk, completely harmless to humans, dire enemy to the mosquito population. Also called daddy long-legs in the UK. Very delicate so if you try to get it back outside and appendages come off, don't be surprised.

13th Sep 2007, 01:32

spoon_lamp says:

Very familiar with old daddy long legs - he didn't look like that. Plus much too nimble and shooty zippy quick. Similar in size though...

Lured him out of the house with clever use of lighting...(he must have been looking for a disco...)

13th Sep 2007, 08:11

Rich says:

yeah, no way that's a daddy. Wasp Coupe, deffo.

13th Sep 2007, 11:01

spoon_lamp says:

Will someone tell me what it is??!!! It looked really cool! We do get dragonflys around here - baby one of them?

13th Sep 2007, 13:31

silar31 says:

Might send the pic and description to, they've ID some really weird ones for Caine and I, and they ID bugs from all over the world. It may take a few days, summer is their busiest time of course, and they have to do things like attend their real jobs and stuff.

13th Sep 2007, 16:14

spoon_lamp says:

Oo! Cool! Let me know how you get on , if you do!

13th Sep 2007, 16:40

silar31 says:

Ok, some research has me strongly thinking what you have there is a male Ichneumon. They are a relative to the wasp, so Rich was right. The female of these guys has a very long ovipositor, they lay eggs in holes in rotting trees. They are mainly non-stinging and so harmless to humans. A few sub-species can sting, but I'm fairly sure the one you have there is not one of them, as I see no stinger.

13th Sep 2007, 17:20

JokerXL says:

It's a bug.

13th Sep 2007, 17:29

spoon_lamp says:

Bang on - had a look at some piccies of the male version and that's it alright...
"This slender parasitic wasp has a yellowish or orange coloured body with a distinctive ‘waist’ and a very short ovipositor. They are sometimes mistakenly called flies, but they are wasps, with two pairs of clear membranous wings and long antennae. There are 1200 species of ichneumon wasp in Britain alone and this is the largest family of insects known, with over 60,000 species worldwide."

13th Sep 2007, 18:24

JokerXL says:

Still a bug.

13th Sep 2007, 18:27

spoon_lamp says:

But a very pretty bug! ;D

13th Sep 2007, 20:24

JokerXL says:

bit bug-eyed

13th Sep 2007, 21:55

Dhamaka says:

it's beautiful

12th Oct 2007, 23:25

frog51 says:


19th Dec 2007, 22:47

frog51 says:

Come back Spoon Lamp!!!

4th Dec 2009, 14:09

Gina(ginab1232000-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

so are they dangerous because ive had 2 sting me and they really hurt and ive only seen them at night and I can definitely say theyre not mosquito hawks which by the way do not eat mosquitos just roots

29th Jun 2014, 08:31

Erin says:

I wish I knew because it just stung me in the bottom!

29th Jul 2014, 22:28

Copper(Antdavis284-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

I've been stung twice this year by one of those wasp. Has a burning sting for a few minutes then it subsides. Glad to know what it is now.

3rd Aug 2014, 10:30

Zach says:

Just had one fly in my room. After dissecting it a little, I found it definitely has a stinger. Seems to be nocturnal, as it was attracted to the light of my television. Not sure what it is, but by the bright red coloration, im sure it has a potent venom.

30th Sep 2014, 08:27

potato says:

one of these hid in my shoe. my toe has been stung. this is a mean bug. pretty, yes. but mean.

30th Oct 2014, 02:25

Brit says:

Its an ichneumon wasp

10th Feb 2015, 05:13

Stephanie says:

Its a ichneumon. Most females have a stinger twice their body length (but those are used for laying eggs). They both sting and bite so be careful. Ive been stung before, it kinda hurts but after that you dont feel it and its gone after a few hours.

25th May 2015, 15:04

Person says:

I have one trapped in a cup right now!!

16th Jul 2015, 23:08

Tracy says:

One just stung my husband as he was trying to remove it from the bedroom, along with a beetle . I hate this time of year

31st Aug 2015, 23:27

Anonymous says:

One has just stung me... didnt realise we have such an array of night bugs. Thanks to you all for identifying this little stinger... yup it sure burns!

14th Sep 2015, 23:21

Al says:

Im from an urban area and Im not sure how this bug got in my apt but somehow i noticed a VERY loud buzz above me and it was that bug flying around my light bulb. Did any one else hear a loud voice or is that another bug that looks similar to eunormous red mosquito

24th Sep 2015, 04:02

Anonymous says:

loud buzz* imeant lol. excuse me

24th Sep 2015, 04:19

Anonymous says:

Had one fly in and land on the wall. Took forever to kill and it is a red kind of large mosquito. Apparently a wasp that bites occasionally. Lol

5th Oct 2015, 12:04

Anonymous says:

Had one dying on the floor of my room without anyone touching it. But when I was using a bottle and a bottle lid to lift it it was definetly trying to sting me.after I put it in the bottle it was trying to sting me thought the bottle. It was attracted to the light in the room. Asked around no one has seen one of these before

11th Oct 2015, 21:26

vina(kalliaarindi-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

One just stung my husband as he was trying to remove it from the bedroom, along with a beetle . I hate this time of year Chlorophyllin Nasa

29th Oct 2015, 16:46

Brian says:

I live in the southwestern part of Virginia and this little bugger flew in the house from my porch. It immediately landed on my hand and stung me! It was a quick sharp pain more mild than a normal wasp but unpleasant just the same. The pain subsides quickly and redness comes fast and dissipates quickly as well. I found this forum trying to identify it as i thought it was a large mosquito

10th Nov 2015, 02:46

rab brown(rab-dot-brownbrown-at-aol-dot-com) says:

one of these things landed on my dogs in the middle of the day i was in rough grass and next to a woodon sat 12 dec 2015 what ir it

17th Nov 2015, 20:02

Berther says:

Jeeeeez these things! I've been stung by them so many times.... And am I the only one who hears them chirp? I haven't been able to find anything on the web about the sound they make.

3rd Dec 2015, 17:04

mike says:

think I just killed one. san juan islands wa state. cut its head off and it was till trying to sting anything for almost 10 minutes. clung on to my cig pack and was trying to sting it. might have stung the finger I killed it with, but have partial paralysis in my right arm and my fingers burn anyway. ha ha bug

6th Feb 2016, 05:10

Chica says:


4th Mar 2016, 05:21

Anonymous says:

Just seen one in house in wichita ks and it did not want to die

31st Mar 2016, 16:04

Brenda says:

I was just stung tonight by this insect when i tried to catch it in my hand as it flew in the house. Hurts like heck. Wish i could post the pic of my poor hand. Im allergic to bees too so this hasnt been a fun night.

17th Apr 2016, 04:07

Brenda says:

I was just stung tonight by this insect when i tried to catch it in my hand as it flew in the house. Hurts like heck. Wish i could post the pic of my poor hand. Im allergic to bees too so this hasnt been a fun night.

17th Apr 2016, 04:07

Paul says:

Just had one of these fly into my bathroom, Freaky Looking thing, Took me about 20 minutes trying to get it off the shower curtain rail and into a glass. Glad I found this site and could identify what it was haha. First time I've ever seen one in the UK and ever to be honest

7th Jul 2016, 00:26

Carl (carlrwells-at-msn-dot-com) says:

It's a Ophion scutellaris and iv just had 2 in my house bloody thing iv never seen them in uk before I'm in a town called maidstone

31st Aug 2016, 23:47

Neil says:

Just tried to remove one picked it up to throw it out and Bugger stung me finger it's now dead lol

4th Sep 2016, 23:11

Cindy (Helmescindy80-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

I have one at my dining room window right now.... My fearless kid isn't home to save me! I suppose I will let it chill.... As long as it doesn't move

30th Sep 2016, 22:01

Gail says:

Just found this crazy bug sitting on the wall. Its 10:00 PM I live near the Puget Sound. Was quite a feisty bug to catch. Used glass she tried fighting her way out as I slid the paper under.

26th Apr 2017, 06:01

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