Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis


Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis

Length 8-12 mm. This wasp has distinctive yellow and black bands on its abdomen.

It preys on mining bees which are taken back to the nest dug in the ground by the female.

Seen late June to early September, it is commonly associated with sandy soils on the coast or inland., but also found where there is chalk grassland. This is the most common and most widely distributed species in their genus in Britain.

Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps & Sawflies)
Family Crabronidae (Crabronid Wasps)
Species Cerceris rybyensis (Linnaeus, 1771)

Photos: Back garden, South Staffordshire June 2019. © Peter Hillman


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