Crabro intricatus (SMITH,1856); Crabro lepeleteri (SMITH, 1856); Crossocerus pusillus LEPELETIER & BRULLÉ,1835; Crabro spinipectus (SHUCKARD,1837); Crossocerus striatulus LEPELETIER & BRULLÉ,1835; Crossocerus striatus LEPELETIER,1845; Crossocerus varius misspelling
Description and notes
Formerly known as C. pusillus. A small black solitary wasp. Identification keys are given in Yeo & Corbet (1995), Lomholdt (1984) and Richards (1980).
A common species recorded throughout much of Britain. Overseas found throughout Europe, across Asia and into northern Japan.
Status (in Britain only)
This species is not regarded as scarce or threatened.
Found in a wide range of habitats.
Univoltine, on the wing in mid-summer (June-August).
Nest burrows are stocked with a range of small Diptera from various families, e.g. Empididae, Dolichopodidae, Drosophilidae and Simuliidae (Lomholdt 1984).
A ground-nesting species. The nest burrow descends 10-12 cm into the ground. Cells are constructed at the end of small side branches of the lower part of the main burrow, up to 9 cells have been found in one nest (Lomholdt 1984).
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