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Species Account for Priocnemis gracilis

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Priocnemis gracilis  Haupt, 1927
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
reported prey Salticidae,Clubiona spiders

Species text
Priocnemis gracilis is recorded widely in England and although previously regarded as a rarity, it is now known to be fairly frequent in Kent (Falk, 1991b). In Essex all records are from the Thames and Lee corridors except for one near Colchester. A good proportion of the British records seem to come from woodland on stiff clay soils, where the wasp is likely to be found in sunny rides, glades and clearings. Many other records are coastal, often from the disturbed ground of soft rock cliffs and landslips. It has also been taken on heathland and in sandpits. Priocnemis species usually excavate multi-celled burrows, often in natural cavities or the old burrows of other aculeates. These are stocked with spiders. Recent prey records are of an immature Clubiona (Clubionidae) and a salticid spider. Adults visit umbellifers such as Daucus. References

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

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 36 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 53 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 26 records with habitat detail and method information)

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