Cerceris arenaria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Very similar in size, structure and markings to Philanthus triangulum and with equally deadly effect, this predatory wasp attacks Weevils. The adult takes it's prey back to the nest where it will provide food for the developing young. Cerceris arenaria belongs to the Crabronidae group. These are more commonly known as Digger Wasps. The one pictured was found on an open, sandy site near Edwinstowe in August 2014, but we have also found numerous nests of C. arenaria in an area of paving at a local Forest Town park.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cerceris arenaria
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Brian Wetton. David Shaw.

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Updated January 2024

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