As an ecologist and biodiversity researcher and recorder, the author visits a wide range of rural and urban habitats mainly close to his home in Sedlescombe near Hastings, East Sussex, UK. The weblog covers the full spectrum of wildlife, from mammals to microbes. As well as details of encounters with England’s flora and fauna, information on where to see species of interest is often given.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
House circuit (18): wasp, fly and two plants
Note: House Circuit posts are drawn from the many 50 metre walks I make every day around our house.
On August 10th 2016 I saw a solitary wasp attacking a solitary bee as big as itself in
a flower of Geranium ‘Claridge
Druce’. I grabbed both plus flower; one
stung me in the palm, but later I managed to identify the wasp as Cerceris rybyensis, the ornate tailed digger wasp. This makes a burrow in the ground which it
stocks with paralyzed solitary bees to feed its young.
The wasp was named by Linnaeus after a place called Ryby near Stockholm in Sweden which the great taxonomist visited with his friends.
The above is an Anthomyiid fly, Anthomyia ? procellaris I think, though there are a number of lookalikes. I once bred several from an old cormorants nest that was kindly donated to me from the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and contained many invertebrates. For a full account see here: