Diodontus luperus Shuckard,1837

Distribution

Widely distributed in England and eastern Wales.

Rather common in central Europe and also distributed over large parts of Asia, eastwards to Kazakhstan and Mongolia (Lomholdt 1975-76).

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.

Habitat

Found in sandy places, including coastal areas and sandpits. Rarely found on calcareous grassland.

Flight period

Early June to early October but most commonly late June to early August.

Prey collected

The prey is invariably aphids, including Myzus and Macrosiphum (Lomholdt 1975-76).

Nesting biology

Little has been observed of nesting behaviour, but in common with other species of the genus, females nest in sandy soil, digging burrows terminating in one or more cells. A single cell may contain 22 prey (Lomholdt 1975-76).

Flowers visited

Only wild parsnip, wild carrot and yarrow have been recorded for this wasp.

Parasites

No information available.

Author of profile

G W Allen

Year profile last updated

2002