Entomognathus brevis

Description

A small, black wasp superficially resembling Lindenius species, but with pronounced hairy eyes.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

Habitat

Mainly found in sandy areas, often where the soil has a gravel content.  It may also be seen visiting umbellifers.

When to see it

Univoltine; late May to early September, most frequent in July.

Life History

Prey consists of small, adult beetles. Nesting takes place in sandy slopes, often gregariously. The nest usually branches into cells, the maximum being about ten. 16 to 26 prey items are used per cell and the larva consumes these before spinning a cocoon covered on the outer surface with sand grains.

UK Status

Found from Cornwall to Kent and north to Glamorgan, Warwickshire and South-east Yorkshire.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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