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Various Wasps

In this chapter we deal with wasps not dealt with in the previous pages. Some belong to rather small families, represented by few species only. There is one exception though: the parasitic wasps. They make an enormous group, represented by well over 1,500 species in Holland. Parasitic Wasps are among the most difficult to identify. Almost each and every species has one or more very similar clones. Of the many species photographed in our garden, only very few have been identified. And in many cases the identification could still be wrong! Below we will inform you of the family or group the depicted animal belongs to.


photograph Chrysis ignata
Common Cuckoo Wasp Chrysis ignata

The Common Cuckoo Wasps is among the most beautiful insects in Europe. More...


Family: Cuckoo Wasps (Chrysididae)


photograph Auplopus carbonarius
Spider Wasp Auplopus carbonarius

The easiest way to identify this Spider Wasp is by examining the way the female handles her prey. More...


Family: Spider Wasps (Pompilidae)


photograph Arachnospila species
Spider Hunting Wasp Arachnospila species

This is one of the Spider Hunting Wasps, a group of similar black and red wasps hunting for spiders. More...


Family: Spider Wasps (Pompilidae)


photograph Ammophila sabulosa
Sand Digger Wasp Ammophila sabulosa

The Sand Digger Wasp is quite common in gardens. It may be over 2 centimeters long and hunts for caterpillars. More...


Family: Digger Wasps (Sphecidae)


photograph Pemphredon species
Pemphredon species

This is one of the Pemphredon species, which are very hard to identify indeed. More...


Family: Digger Wasps (Sphecidae)


photograph Sand tailed digger wasp
Sand Tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris arenaria

The Sand tailed digger wasp is the biggest Digger wasp in Britain. It hunts for weevils exclusively. More...


Family: Digger Wasps (Sphecidae)


photograph 4-banded Tailed Digger Wasp
4-banded Tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris quadricincta

The 4-banded Tailed Digger Wasp is small compared to the previous species. More...


Family: Digger Wasps (Sphecidae)


photograph Ornate Tailed Digger Wasp
Ornate Tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis

The ornate tailed digger wasps preys on solitary bees exclusively. More...


Family: Digger Wasps (Sphecidae)


photograph Philanthus triangulum
Bee Wolf Philanthus triangulum

The Bee Wolf is one of the very few well known Digger Wasps. More...


Family: Digger Wasps (Sphecidae)


photograph Ectemnius continuus
Ectemnius continuus

This Ectemnius continuus is often seen in gardens and hunts for flies. More...


Family: Digger Wasps (Sphecidae)


photograph Crabro peltarius
Crabro peltarius

Crabro peltarius can be identified by the contrasting body, but it is not easy. The size helps, though. More...


Family: Digger Wasps (Sphecidae)


photograph Cremnops desertor
Cremnops desertor

Cremnops desertor lays her eggs on the caterpillars of various butterfly species. More...


Family: Braconids (Braconidae)


photograph Aoplus personatus
Aoplus personatus

Aoplus personatus deposits her eggs in the pupae of bigger moths. More...


Family: Parasitic Wasps (Ichneumonidae)


photograph Glyphicnemis profligator
Glyphicnemis profligator

Parasitic wasps can be very beautiful, like this Glyphicnemis profligator. More...


Family: Parasitic Wasps (Ichneumonidae)


photograph Hepiopelmus melanogaster
Hepiopelmus melanogaster

We know frustrating little about this Hepiopelmus melanogaster. More...


Family: Parasitic Wasps (Ichneumonidae)


photograph Agrothereutes abbreviatus
Agrothereutes abbreviatus

The female of Agrothereutes abbreviatus can not fly, for she has very small wings indeed. More...


Family: Parasitic Wasps (Ichneumonidae)


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Banchus pictus

So far we haven't been able to find a lot of information about this Banchus pictus. More...


Family: Parasitic Wasps (Ichneumonidae)


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Ephialtes sp

Ephialtes species are big and have a very long ovipositor. This one deposited her eggs in the nests of Red Mason Bees. More...


Family: Parasitic Wasps (Ichneumonidae)


photograph Clistopyga incitator
Clistopyga incitator

Clistopyga incitator may be partly reddish on the abdomen. More...


Family: Parasitic Wasps (Ichneumonidae)


photograph Cosmoconus species
Cosmoconus species

There are two species of Cosmoconus in Britain. You can not tell them apart from just pictures. More...


Family: Parasitic Wasps (Ichneumonidae)


photograph Gasteruption jaculator
Gasteruption jaculator

Gasteruption jaculator belongs to its own small family of parasitic wasps. More...


Family: Gasteruptionidae


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