I recall reading a sci-fi/horror novel from the 80's or maybe early 90's where Earth was overrun by giant wasps from outer space. There was a section in the beginning with airliners being abducted by an alien force, though I don't recall how it tied in.

Can anyone ID this one?

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    This is very broad, can you add any more details? You might want to check out How to ask a good story-ID question? to see if it helps jog your memory.
    – Möoz
    Jun 13, 2018 at 5:13
  • Is it possible it is The Furies by Keith Roberts? Never actually got round to reading myself but always remember the cover from my local library in in the late 80's.
    – skyjack
    Jun 13, 2018 at 8:15
  • here is the cover if it helps... images.gr-assets.com/books/1332885615l/2332214.jpg
    – skyjack
    Jun 13, 2018 at 8:16
  • Found this on the encyclopaedia of SF website. "The Furies is a traditional tale in the mode of the UK Disaster, in which a nuclear test goes awry, inspiring an onslaught of space-spawned giant wasps which ravage England and come close to eliminating mankind". It seems to fit, if this is the book I'll mark this up as the answer.
    – skyjack
    Jun 13, 2018 at 8:19
  • @dominicfonde Just in case the OP didn't read the same edition you did, here are all the covers: isfdb.org/cgi-bin/titlecovers.cgi?22674
    – user14111
    Jun 13, 2018 at 8:22

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It might be Keith Roberts The Furies. That certainly involved giant wasps.

It's a long time since I read it, but I recall that the ending was a bit feeble.

"The Insects are dying. Racial senescence."

whatever that means.

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