Mimesa bicolor misident.
Description and notes
A small, ground-nesting red and black solitary wasp. Identification keys are given in Yeo & Corbet (1995) and Richards (1980) (both as Psen equestris) and Lomholt (1984).
Widely recorded from scattered localities throughout Britain north to Inverness-shire.
Overseas found widely distributed throughout the Palaearctic region.
Status (in Britain only)
This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.
Recorded from a range of habitats, though there may be a preference for light or sandy soils.
July to October. Richards (1980) suggests there may be two broods, and M Edwards (pers. comm.) confirms this.
Nest burrows are stocked with a range of small homopteran bugs, usually leafhoppers of the family Cicadellidae.
Nests are dug in sandy soil and the species can usually be found nesting in aggregations, often on flat ground. Nests consist of a single vertical burrow descending up to 50cm into the ground; individual cells are constructed off the main burrow in the lower part of the nest (Lomholdt 1984).
None recorded for this species.
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