Ammophila campestris Latreille, 1809

Description and notes

Many old records and ecological notes attributed to this species have to be treated with caution due to confusion between this species and the very similar A. pubescens Curtis.


Old records purporting to be of this species from the British mainland are referable to A. pubescens. This species is only known from the Channel Islands (Jersey), but there are no recent records.

Abroad, it occurs across Europe to China and Korea in the east.

Status (in Britain only)

The Channel Islands are, for a number of reasons, excluded from the geographical coverage of the British Red Data book (Shirt, 1987) and the subsequent review (Falk, 1991).


No data available for the Channel Islands. In general, species of the genus are associated with dry, sandy areas.

Flight period

The literature sources for Europe cite May to September.

Prey collected

Ammophila campestris preys exclusively on larvae of sawflies in the family Tenthredinidae (Lomholdt, 1984).

Nesting biology

No data available with certainty, due to the earlier confusion with A. pubescens.

Flowers visited

No data available.


No data available.

Author of profile

A Knowles.

Map compiled by: A Knowles and S P M Roberts.

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