Pseudospinolia neglecta (Shuckard,1836)

Description and notes

Previously known as Spinolia neglecta. Identification keys and general biology are given in Chapman (1869, 1871), Morgan (1984) and Kunz (1994).

Distribution

Rare. From East Cornwall to Kent, and north to Cardiganshire, Denbighshire, Nottinghamshire and West Norfolk.

Overseas, the wasp occurs in Europe (including Sweden, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland and Hungary); Asia; USA west of Colorado and Canada west of Ontario.

Status in Britain and Ireland

The latest map has shown that its current status as being neither scarce nor threatened may require re-evaluation.

Habitat

Usually Associated with vertical faces of hard earth used as nesting sites by its host. Habitats include lowland heathland, maritime cliffs and slopes, coastal sand dunes and lowland dry acid grassland.

Flight period

Mainly during June, but also May and July, rarely August and September.

Flowers visited

Crown daisy, hawkweeds and yarrow.

Parasites

No specific information found.

Parasitic biology

Cleptoparasitic on Odynerus spinipes and probably other species of Odynerus.

Author of profile

M E Archer.