David Element

 

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____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hymenoptera 5 - Digger Wasps

 

 

 

 

A insect on the ground

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DIGGER WASP Ectemnius lituratus (f)

 

 

A insect on the ground

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DIGGER WASP Ectemnius lituratus (f)

 

 

A insect on the ground

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DIGGER WASP Ectemnius lituratus (f)

 

 

A picture containing grass, animal, sitting, yellow

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DIGGER WASP Ectemnius lituratus (f)

 

 

A insect on the ground

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DIGGER WASP Ectemnius lituratus (f)

 

 

A insect on the ground

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DIGGER WASP Ectemnius lituratus (f)

 

 

A insect on the ground

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DIGGER WASP Ectemnius lituratus (f)

 

 

A insect on the ground

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DIGGER WASP Ectemnius lituratus (f)

 

 

         The handsomely marked digger wasp Ectemnius lituratus is one of ten similar members of this genus found in the UK. It is common in the southern counties where it may often be seen feeding avidly on umbelliferous plants. The larvae are provisioned with flies and in the fourth photograph one of these wasps may be seen hauling a hoverfly substantially larger than itself to a nest hole that would have been excavated in decaying timber.

 

         Davidís short film of Ectemnius lituratus may be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tplHh5opa-w&list=PL4AirIEc0Noe71WjkaynaPoocE9dos2G3&index=10&t=0s.

 

 

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