Mimumesa dahlbomi (Wesmael,1852)

Description and notes

A small, black sphecid wasp, formerly placed within the genus Psen. It is one of ten species currently placed within the genus Mimumesa to be found in Europe, and is probably the most widespread of those species.


Widespread but local throughout England and Wales to Glamorgan and north to Inverness-shire. There is also one record from Ireland.

The species is common across Europe (Lomholdt 1984)


Status (in Britain only)

Not listed in Shirt (1987) or by Falk (1991) and is not thought to be scarce or threatened.



Else & Felton (1994) indicate a varied habitat selection, including open woodland, heathland and coastal locations. Associated with dead wood habitats for nest sites.

Flight period

Richards (1980) cites May to September.

Prey collected

Nymphs of homopteran bugs within the families Delphacidae and Cicadellidae (Richards 1980). Lomholdt (1984) notes that up to 38 prey specimens have been provided for one larva.

Nesting biology

Widely quoted as nesting in old beetle holes in dead wood and this is undoubtedly typical, but John Felton (Else & Felton 1994) has observed a specimen leaving a burrow in the soil.

Flowers visited

No information available.


No information available.

Author of profile

A Knowles.

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