Holopyga ovata Dahlbom, 1845

Description and notes

Identification key and general biology are given in Morgan (1984). Previously this species was misidentified as H. amoenula and is also known as H. generosa (Förster, 1853) in Kunz (1994).

Distribution

Only recorded from Sark and Jersey from the Channel Islands.

Overseas, the wasp occurs throughout much of Europe (including Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Hungary, the former Yugoslavia and Greece); also from Turkey, Syria, Palestine and Iran.

Status (in Britain only)

The Channel Islands were not included in assessments of conservation status either in Shirt (1987) or by Falk (1991).

Habitat

Associated with open sandy habitats with some bare soil.

Flight period

From the very few records available it has been recorded from April until June.

Flowers visited

Fennel, wild mignonette and wild parsnip.

Parasitic biology

The host for this wasp is unknown.

Author of profile

M E Archer.