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Species Account for Nysson dimidiatus

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Nysson dimidiatus  Jurine, 1807
Small Spurred Digger Wasp
Aculeata: Crabronidae

 
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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
cleptoparasite on Gorytes tumidus

Species text
Nysson dimidiatus has records from scattered localities throughout England and Wales as far north as Northumberland but it is a very local species with about 25 known post-1970 sites. Both N. dimidiatus and its host are likely to have declined during this century, in response to the loss and deterioration of sandy habitats such as heathland, and from coastal development. This species and its main host favour warm sunny areas, especially south-facing slopes in sheltered spots, where the host excavates its nests in bare and sparsely vegetated ground. It is a cleptoparasite of the local sphecid wasp Harpactus (Gorytes) tumidus, with which it is usually taken and closely resembles. Scrub invasion and the loss of bare sand has resulted from changes in land use and the decline in rabbit populations following the introduction of myxomatosis. At some sites, horse riding and motorcycle activity could jeopardise the future of the species, though at others some disturbance will probably be beneficial in promoting the presence of bare and sparsely vegetated ground. References

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

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 23 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 27 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 15 records with habitat detail and method information)

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