Argogorytes mystaceus

Description

Argogorytes mystaceus is a sand wasp, the male has unusually long antennae for this genus; the female has a short comb. The 1st abdominal segment is almost semi-circular.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Hedgerows and woodland edge.

When to see it

Adult from May to September.

Life History

The nest is made in soil, and the female stocks this with Froghopper nymphs as food for the larvae, whilst the adults feed on Hogweed flowers.

UK Status

Fairly common in suitable habitats although most British records come from England.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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