Argogorytes fargeii

Description

The scarcer and smaller of our two Argogorytes wasps, but seemingly with a similar biology to A. mystaceus. It is black and yellow banded and care is needed with identification due to similarity with other species.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

Habitat

Occurs in a variety of open habitats on light soils, including heaths, quarries and gravel pits, river corridors featuring clay or sandy river banks, fixed coastal dunes and soft rock cliffs.

When to see it

Univoltine; late May to early August.

Life History

It requires features such as vertical earth banks or sparsely vegetated dry ground for nesting, in combination with areas of tall grass or herbs for hunting. This wasp preys on frog-hopper nymphs.

UK Status

Recorded sparingly within England as far north as South-east Yorkshire it is regarded as nationally scarce.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland no known.

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