Introduced species

New garden species

Bee hotel

Wasp nest!

Isodontia mexicana♀︎

Bambuseae sp. (Bamboo) Meconema meridionale (Southern oak bush cricket)

Last update: 1 May 2024

Very rare

LOCATION: Krimpen aan den IJssel, garden


In the period of 19 August until 6 September the garden was visited by a very rare introduced species, the Grass carrying wasp (Isodontia mexicana) [1].

Grass carrying wasp ♀︎ (Isodontia mexicana)

In that period the female constructed seven nests in bee hotel nesting blocks 2 and 10, respectively seven in bamboo stems and one in a borehole in stone, that were provisioned with bush crickets among them male Southern oak bush crickets ♂︎ (Meconema meridionale).

Grass carrying wasp ♀︎ (Isodontia mexicana)
Zuidelijke boomsprinkhaan ♂︎ (Meconema meridionale)
Grass carrying wasp ♀︎ (Isodontia mexicana), nest overview

The observation is subject of the publication Observations on nest construction and behaviour of sphecid wasp Isodontia mexicana (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) nesting in Zuid-Holland


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