Wasp nest!

Spilomena beata♀︎

Cichorium intybus (Common chicory) Thysanoptera sp.

Last update: 3 December 2023


Rare

LOCATION: Krimpen aan den IJssel, garden

OBSERVATION:
2023-VI-23


The dead stems of Common chicory (Cichorium intybus) were used by a three of digger wasp species to construct their nests in.

Common chicory (Cichorium intybus), imago

A female Spilomena beata [1] supplied her nest with immature thrips. Frequently she would return to the nest without prey, and disappear for some time in it.

Spilomena beata ♀︎, nest in Common chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Spilomena beata ♀︎, nest in Common chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Spilomena beata ♀︎
Spilomena beata ♀︎, provisions nest with Thyssanoptera sp.
Spilomena beata ♀︎, taking off

References

1 Nederlands Soortenregister

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