Symmorphus bifasciatus (Linnaeus, 1761)
One of the 'Potter Wasps', Symmorphus are tube-nesting wasps, using existing cavities such as hollow plant stems, in which the females creates several cells, divided by clay. Symmorphus bifasciatus preys on the larvae of the Leaf Beetle Phyllodecta vulgatissima, taking these back to the nest, filling the cells with a supply of larvae, before laying a single egg in each cell. Its Nottinghamshire status is unknown, but there are probably very few recent county records. This one was found and photographed at Dyscarr Wood, by regular contributor Pauline Bradford, who kindly sent us these photographs.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Symmorphus bifasciatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Pauline Bradford. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Netherfield Wildlife Group.

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Updated January 2021

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