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Species Account for Didineis lunicornis

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Didineis lunicornis  (Fabricius, 1798)
a digger wasp
Aculeata: Crabronidae

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National status: Na
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important

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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
nests in clay

Species text
This is a scarce species of southern England. Until 2000, when the wasp was found in numbers at Rammey Marsh in the Lee Valley (Middlesex), all modern regional records of Didineis (Alysson) lunicornis had been coastal or close to the Thames. It is strongly associated with the deep dessication cracks that appear on clay or clay-rich ground during the summer months. Many records relate to soft rock cliffs, whilst inland records include unimproved grasslands (especially south-facing slopes), woodland rides and clearings, and revegetating quarries (Edwards & Telfer 2001). References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 7 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 11 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 9 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Didineis lunicornis

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Didineis lunicornis

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