What a whopper! Late this afternoon I went into the kitchen to prepare for the onslaught of No 2's daughters freinds for a sleepover. In a large vase on the window sill was this enormous Hornet looking beast. At about 30mm long, it turned out thanks to The Childrens Mother, to be a Giant Wood Wasp. The scary looking 'sting' is in fact an ovipositor, used to lay eggs in rotten wood. Thank goodness! I have a thing about wasps and bees after several painful encounters in the past. I will release it into our little wood in the morning.