Cerceris rybyensis (Linnaeus, 1771)
Cerceris rybyensis is a widespread species and preys on mining bees, which it takes back to the nest. Nests are situated in the ground and are dug by the female. We found several Cerceris rybyensis resting on Thistle flowers in Sherwood Forest during a rather dull early September 2008 day. There are other very similar species, so correct identification is difficult from photographs.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cerceris rybyensis
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). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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