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Species Account for Auplopus carbonarius

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Auplopus carbonarius  (Scopoli, 1763)
a spider-hunter wasp
Aculeata: Pompilidae

Auplopus carbonarius. Copyright: Stephen Rolls

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National status: Nb
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Vulnerable
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Additional Phenology Data


Auplopus carbonarius.
Auplopus carbonarius.

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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
prey wide range of free-living spiders

Species text
Auplopus carbonarius is a rare spider-hunting wasp confined to southern England. There are few Essex records, but it has recently been recorded at a number of new sites. Recorded prey includes Clubiona, Philodromus and Agelena. Nests are constructed under stones, in old stumps or in old shells and are made of cells of clay taken from damp areas. This spider hunting wasp tends to inhabit woodland, especially that with streams and marshy areas which provide wet mud and clay for nesting materials. The nests are built in cavities in a great variety of situations and stocked most frequently with spiders in the family Clubionidae (Edwards, 1997). References

Species text last edited on Tue Jul 26th 2011 by user 169


Broad Habitat Data (based on 25 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 22 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 28 records with habitat detail and method information)

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