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Species Account for Arachnospila minutula

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Arachnospila minutula  (Dahlbom, 1842)
a spider-hunter wasp
Aculeata: Pompilidae

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National status: Nb
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened

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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
recorded prey Pardosa

Species text
Arachnospila minutula is mostly recorded in southern England, but is a very local species with widely scattered post-1970 records. The loss and deterioration of semi-natural habitats such as downland and heathland is likely to have influenced the status of this wasp (Falk, 1991b). In Essex all records are from South Essex in the Thames and Lee corridors. The wasp is found on chalk downs, heaths, quarries and other habitats with warm, sparsely-vegetated ground. Prey is probably wolf spiders (Lycosidae) and, in France, a nest has been found beneath a stone. Adults have been seen visiting umbellifer flowers such as Pastinaca and Daucus. References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 68 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 64 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 16 records with habitat detail and method information)

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