I live in Galway, Ireland and found a large black winged insect with bright orange legs on my car mirror earlier. I'm trying to find out what it is & is it dangerous?

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Although diificult to tell fully from the angle, this is likely to be the giant woodwasp Uroceras gigas. It is absolutely harmless to people (just like 99.9% of all native UK fauna!) and uses the 'sting' in the tail to lay eggs in wood.