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Digger wasps

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Group: 
Bees, Wasps and Ants

Solitary wasps that mainly nest in the ground creating little heaps of soil or sand as they excavate. Usually yellow and black or orange and black.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Heath Potter Wasp

Eumenes coarctatus
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A rare species of the Dorset heaths found near ponds and streams


 

Photo by:
Colin Lamond

Purbeck Mason Wasp

Pseudepipona herrichii
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A nationally rare species found only on the heaths of Dorset, especially in the Purbeck area.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Red-banded Sand wasp

Ammophila sabulosa
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A sand-burrowing wasp species found on sandy soils, usually on heathland.


 

 

Slender-bodied Digger Wasp

Crabro cribrarius
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One of the easier sand wasps to identify because of the "crumpled" antennae!


 

Digger Wasp (L albilabris)

Lindenius albilabris
Photo by:
Kevin Barber

Field Digger Wasp

Mellinus arvensis
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A solitary wasp tht nests under ground in soft soil.


 

Sand-tailed Digger Wasp

Cerceris arenaria
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Not a common species nationally but frequent on some Dorset heaths.


 

 

Bee-wolf

Philanthus triangulum
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A scarce but believed to be expanding species that preys on honey bees


 

Photo by:
Nick Hull