⭑mission complete⭑

Bee hotel:
Wasp nest!
Symmorphus crassicornis ♀︎

Last update: 12 August 2021
OBSERVATION:
2021-VIII-05

An important mission had delivered it’s first success!
On the wasp hotel nesting block specifically created for Ancisterocerus and Symmorphus wasps, see here, I’ve observed an active nester: Symmorphus crassicornis [1].

She made a number of flights from and to the nesting block and removed materiall from the selected drill hole, which she dropped from flight in front of the nesting block.

Here she just emerges with material to be dumped between her jaws.

Symmorphus crassicornis ♀︎

During my observation time she left the nest three times returning after some time at least without prey but I could not see if she might have carried building materials.

Symmorphus crassicornis ♀︎
Symmorphus crassicornis ♀︎
Symmorphus crassicornis ♀︎

The nest was located in one of the highest drill holes in the covered nesting block close to the overhanging nesting block.

Symmorphus crassicornis ♀︎, nest location

The theory behind the nesting block construction has therfore scored an important point. The days following the initial observation were very wet and it was not possible to follow the activities and when the wheather allowed to sneak a peak she was not visible. i assumed she would be idle and waiting for better weather to resume construction but now 6 days later (11/viii/2021) the nest is closed with clay!

Symmorphus crassicornis ♀︎, closed nest

References

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