A small, black wasp superficially resembling Lindenius species, but with pronounced hairy eyes.
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Mainly found in sandy areas, often where the soil has a gravel content. It may also be seen visiting umbellifers.
Univoltine; late May to early September, most frequent in July.
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.
Found from Cornwall to Kent and north to Glamorgan, Warwickshire and South-east Yorkshire.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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