Field Digger Wasp - Mellinus arvensis


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

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

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

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