New garden species

Crossocerus distinguendus♂︎

Last update: 11 December 2022


LOCATION: Krimpen aan den IJssel, garden


This diggerwasp already flew a few days around a a sunny Ivy (Hedera helix). I suspected it to be a male as they often appear before the females and it frequently made short stops on specific leaves which it then swiped with it’s abdomen to place a scent flag. The leaves were always located on height of about 150cm or higher.

Crossocerus distinguendus ♂︎, imago

I’ve captured it for identification and it turns out to be a male Crossocerus distinguendus [1]., an uncommon species in the Netherlands. Unfortunately he escaped during the photo shoot and I could not find him afterwards. Nevertheless a nice new garden species!

Crossocerus distinguendus ♂︎, imago
Crossocerus distinguendus ♂︎, imago
Crossocerus distinguendus ♂︎, imago


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