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Species Account for Cerceris ruficornis

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Cerceris ruficornis  (Fabricius, 1793)
a digger wasp
Aculeata: Crabronidae

 
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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Vulnerable



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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
 
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Essex Red Data List comment
preys on weevils, recent work shows should be Nb

Species text
This wasp is sometimes locally common on sandy heathland in southern England, including coastal heaths in Cornwall, but there are few records elsewhere. The restricted distribution and its precise habitat requirements suggest that it may be under threat (Edwards, 1997) and it a proposed Scarce B species (www.bwars.com). It was proposed as a potential species for the UKBAP (Edwards, 2004) on the basis of modern decline. In Essex it has only been recorded from Rowhedge in N. Essex in 1986 and single specimens at 2 locations in Thurrock in 1996. The wasp preys on curculionid weevils, occasionally also beetles in other families. References

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

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