Gasteruption minutum

Description

There are five Gasteruption species on the British checklist.  The female Gasteruption minutum can be distinguished because of its short ovipositor.

Identification difficulty

Male Female

ID guidance

Photographs required

Recording advice

Female: Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required showing the female ovipositor.

Habitat

Various habitats.

When to see it

Summer to autumn.

Life History

Females visit the nests of various solitary bees or wasps, pushing her ovipositor into the nest, depositing her own eggs on or near to the eggs of the host, on hatching they will feed on the grubs of the host as well as on stored food.

UK Status

Status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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MAP KEY:

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

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