Ammophila sabulosa (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ammophila sabulosa is a characteristic wasp belonging to the Sphecidae family. Although solitary, this wasp can have up to three separate nests at the same time and does not begin feeding until the young hatch. A succession of caterpillars are brought back to the nests to feed the young, with prey increasing in size as the larvae develop. A. sabulosa is associated with dry sandy areas such as heathland. The one photographed was found along the edge of woodland at Clipstone Old Quarter in Sherwood Forest on 13/08/2006.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ammophila sabulosa
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014).

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Updated October 2017

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