Argogorytes mystaceus (Linnaeus, 1761)
This is a widespread Digger Wasp is found in wooded areas over much of the southern half of the UK. Almost certainly under-recorded in Nottinghamshire, Argogrytes mystaceus preys on the nymphs of the Leafhopper Philaneus spumarius, which create the well known 'Cuckoo spit' found on the stems of plants. The one in the photographs, was found and photographed at Dyscarr Wood near Worksop, by Pauline Bradford in June 2016.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Argogorytes mystaceus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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