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Digger Wasps, Hunting Wasps - Crabronidae

Group Description

A group of wasps which excavate tunnels either into wood or soil to then stuff a paralised host into such as Frog hoppers or Hoverflies which they then lay an egg onto.

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59 species:

  • Scarce Cuckoo-spit Wasp (Argogorytes fargeii)
  • Field Digger Wasp / Cuckoo-spit Wasp (Argogorytes mystaceus)
  • Shieldbug Stalker (Astata boops)
  • Grand Digger Wasp (Bembix rostrata)
  • Sand Tailed Digger / Weevil Wolf (Wasp Cerceris arenaria)
  • Four-banded Weevil-wasp / Estuarine Weevil Fox (Cerceris quadricincta)
  • Five-banded Weevel-wasp (Cerceris quinquefasciata)
  • Flange-faced Weevil Wasp (Cerceris ruficornis)
  • Ornate Tailed Digger Wasp / Ornate Bee Fox (Cerceris rybyensis)
  • Kingsdown Bee Fox (Cerceris sabulosa) Vagrant (not recorded since 1860)
  • Slender Bodied Digger Wasp / Large Shield Wasp (Crabro cribrarius)
  • Intermediate Shield Wasp (Crabro peltarius)
  • Small Shield Wasp (Crabro scutellatus)
  • Crossocerus (Crossocerus) Lepeletier & BrullĂ©, 1835 sensu stricto. Distribution: 1 record.
  • Crossocerus annulipes Native. Distribution: throughout.
  • Crossocerus binotatus Native. Distribution: scattered throughout. x/
  • Crossocerus capitosus Native. Distribution: throughout (scattered further North). //
  • Crossocerus cetratus Native. Distribution: throughout England and Wales. //
  • Crossocerus congener Colonist (1999). Distribution: around London. xx
  • Blunt Tailed Digger Wasp (Crossocerus dimidiatus). Native. Distribution: throughout. x/
  • Crossocerus distinguendus Native. Distribution: South (scattered further North). //
  • Slender Digger Wasp (Crossocerus elongatulus) Native. 2 subsp: ssp. annulatus (0 records), ssp. elongatulus (0 records). British forms refer as: ssp. proximus, ssp. propinquus. Distribution: throughout. //
  • Crossocerus exiguus Native. Distribution: South East England. x/
  • White Mouthed Digger Wasp / Pinewood Boxhead Wasp (Crossocerus leucostomus) Native. Distribution: scattered throughout. x/
  • Hairy-backed Boxhead Wasp (Crossocerus megacephalus) Native. Distribution: throughout. //
  • Lesser Hairy-backed Boxhead Wasp (Crossocerus nigritus) Native. Distribution: throughout the South. //
  • Crossocerus ovalis Native. Distribution: throughout South. //
  • Crossocerus palmipes Native. Distribution: scattered - South. -/
  • Trilobed Boxhead Wasp (Crossocerus podagricus) Native. Distribution: throughout South (up to Southern Scotland). //
  • Crossocerus pullulus Vagrant. Distribution: 0 records. x/
  • 4-Spotted Digger Wasp / Spine-headead Fly Fox (Crossocerus quadrimaculatus) Native. Distribution: throughout South (scattered North). /x
  • Crossocerus styrius Native. Distribution: scattered - south. //
  • Crossocerus tarsatus Native. Distribution: scattered throughout. //
  • Wandering Boxhead Wasp (Crossocerus vagabundus) Native. Distribution: scattered in the South. -x
  • Crossocerus varus Native. Distribution: throughout. //
  • Crossocerus walkeri Native. Distribution: scattered throughout. //
  • Wesmael's Digger Wasp (Crossocerus wesmaeli) Native. Distribution: widespread in the South. //
  • Clay-crack Digger Wasp (Didineis lunicornis) Native. Distribution: scattered in the South. //
  • Painted Digger Wasp (Dinetus pictus) Extinct Native on mainland (still exist on the Channel Islands) Distribution: Channel Islands.
  • Diodontus insidiosus Native. Distribution: scattered in the South.
  • Diodontus luperus Native. Distribution: scattered in the South.
  • Minute Black Wasp (Diodontus minutus) Native. Distribution: scattered in the South.
  • Melancholy Black Wasp / Gloomy Aphid Wasp (Diodontus tristis) Native. Distribution: scattered in the South.
  • Small Shieldbug Stalker (Dryudella pinguis) Native. Distribution: scattered throughout the South (mainly coastal). *
  • Ectemnius borealis Native. Distribution: South East.
  • Golden-moustached Fly Fox (Ectemnius cavifrons) Native. Distribution: throughout (scattered in Scotland).
  • Ridge-backed Fly Fox (Ectemnius cephalotes) Native. Distribution: throughout (up to Southern Scotland).
  • Dark Fly Fox (Ectemnius continuus) Native. Distribution: throughout (up to Southern Scotland).
  • Sharp-shouldered Fly Fox (Ectemnius dives) Colonist (possibly with timbre 1st record 1926). Distribution: scattered in the South.
  • Ectemnius lapidarius Native. Distribution: throughout.
  • Hogweed Fly Fox (Ectemnius lituratus) Native. Distribution: South - throughout.
  • Bramble Fly Fox (Ectemnius rubicola) Native. Distribution: scattered in the South.
  • Ectemnius ruficornis Native. Distribution: scattered throughout (up to Southern Scotland).
  • Six-banded Fly Fox (Ectemnius sexcinctus) Native. Distribution: scattered throughout (up to Southern Scotland).
  • Ectemnius quadricinctus Distribution: Distribution: 1 record.
  • Entomognathus brevis Native. Distribution: South (following the Wash to the Severn).
  • Broad-banded Hopper Wolf (Gorytes laticinctus) Native. Distribution: scattered in the South, mainly following the Wash to the Severn (spreading North).
  • Four-banded Hopper Wolf / 4-Banded Digger Wasp (Gorytes quadrifasciatus) Native. Distribution: scattered throughout the South.
  • Harpactus tumidus

SubGroups

name latinname species sightings media image
Broad-banded Hopper Wolf Gorytes laticinctus 1 6 58 image for Broad-banded Hopper Wolf
Common Spiny Digger Wasp Oxybelus uniglumis 1 2 13 image for Common Spiny Digger Wasp
Dark Fly Fox Ectemnius continuus 1 3 27 image for Dark Fly Fox
Field Digger Wasp Mellinus arvensis 1 3 8 image for Field Digger Wasp
Flange-faced Weevil Wolf Cerceris ruficornis 1 1 8 image for Flange-faced Weevil Wolf
Four-banded Hopper Wasp Gorytes quadrifasciatus 1 2 13 image for Four-banded Hopper Wasp
Golden Moustached Fly Fox Ectemnius cavifrons 1 1 1 image for Golden Moustached Fly Fox
Hairy-backed Boxhead Wasp Crossocerus megacephalus 1 1 22 image for Hairy-backed Boxhead Wasp
Hogweed Fly Fox Ectemnius lituratus 1 1 3 image for Hogweed Fly Fox
Mournful Wasp Pemphredon lugubris 1 3 15 image for Mournful Wasp
Ornate Tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis 1 4 35 image for Ornate Tailed Digger Wasp
Passaloecus gracilis Passaloecus gracilis 1 1 7 image for Passaloecus gracilis
Passaloecus singularis Passaloecus singularis 1 1 5 image for Passaloecus singularis
Plantbug Fox Lindenius albilabris 1 2 4 image for Plantbug Fox
Ridge-backed Fly Fox Ectemnius cephalotes 1 1 4 image for Ridge-backed Fly Fox
Ring-legged Crossocerus Crossocerus annulipes 1 2 8 image for Ring-legged Crossocerus
Sharp-shouldered Fly Fox Ectemnius dives 1 7 49 image for Sharp-shouldered Fly Fox
Slender Digger Wasp Crossocerus elongatulus 1 1 7 image for Slender Digger Wasp