Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp

Cerceris rybyensis – That is a bit of a mouthful, I know. I spotted this feeding off the rich nectar of spindle flowers growing in my back garden. Double-click for a closer peek.


Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis

Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis

Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis
Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis

Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis

Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 15th June 2019
Place: Rear garden, Staffordshire


20 thoughts on “Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp

    1. I have been stung a couple of times by the black and yellow wasps here, the last time being my own fault for my natural nosiness towards all things nature led me to the opening of a ground nest, and then sharp pain in the right ear lobe. Taught me 🙂

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      1. Well, er, uh…I’ve had my own wasp sting experience. I don’t know whether your yellow and black is the same as ours, aka yellowjacket, but I have short painful story to tell. It involves mowing the lawn while wearing shorts and passing over one of the aforementioned yellow jacket nests in the ground. I won’t go into details since I am sure this is a family friendly blog, but suffice it to say I will never mow the lawn in shorts again. 😯

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  1. Interesting species, looks sympathetic. I don’t know if I ever met one, rather outside, than on my balcony. She reminds me of Ectemnius, which grab a lot in my pots in summer time 🙂

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