Field Digger Wasp - Mellinus arvensis

    Description

    Length: 12mm. This is a fairly large and elongate digger wasp. The first two yellow bands on the abdomen are usually strongly marked. There is a yellow line across the front of the thorax and a yellow dot at the rear.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Sandy localities, frequently coastal.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History

    This wasp stocks its nest chamber with adult Diptera for the larvae to feed on. Muscidae, Syrphidae and Tabanidae are the preferred choices.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Further Information

    http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=wasp/crabronidae/mellininae/mellinus-arvensis

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