New garden species

Bee hotel:
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎

Last update: 17 March 2021
OBSERVATION:

A new garden species, Passaloecus insignis [1,2,3,4]. This female was closing up her nest with resin on the bee hotel section 2 block 5.

Passaloecus insignis ♀︎
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎

She distributed the resin quickly using her jaws. I don’t know where she found the resin but after 5-10 minutes she would return with a new batch.

I don’t know where she found the resin, but she made exactly one more flight that took ±27 minutes to collect enough resin to close up the entrance.
She distributes the sticky substance quickly with her jaws over the remaining opening.

Passaloecus insignis ♀︎, wasp is away to collect final batch of resin
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎, the hole is closed with the final resin batch
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎

After the entrance was entirely covered with resin she started sticking small pieces of wood in it without covering it completely when she finished.

Passaloecus insignis ♀︎
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎
Passaloecus insignis ♀︎

Passaloecus inignis ♀

Passaloecus inignis ♀


References

1 Nederlands Soortenregister

2 KLEIN, Wim. De graafwespen van de Benelux. Jeugdbondsuitgeverij, Utrecht, 1996, 1-130. + KLEIN, Wim. De graafwespen van de Benelux: supplement. Jeugdbondsuitgeverij, 1999.

3 JACOBS, H. J (2007): Die Grabwespen Deutschlands Ampulicidae. Sphecidae, Crabronidae–Bestimmungsschlüssel in Blank, SM & Taeger, A (Hrsg): Die Tierwelt Deutschlands und der angrenzenden Meeresteile nach ihren Merkmalen und nach ihrer Lebensweise, Hymenoptera III–Keltern, Goecke & Evers, 79: 1-207.

4 Hermann Dollfuss, "Bestimmungsschlüssel der Grabwespen Nord- und Zentraleuropas (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae) mit speziellen Angaben zur Grabwespenfauna Österreichs", Publikation der Botanischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft am O.Ö.Landesmuseum Linz, LINZ, 20. Dezember 1991

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