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Species Account for Mimesa bruxellensis

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Mimesa bruxellensis  (Bondroit, 1934)
a digger wasp
Aculeata: Crabronidae

Mimesa bruxellensis Copyright: Peter Harvey

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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data

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Status: Na

Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Endangered
Records: 17
First Record: 1994
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 6
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 6

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This is a scarce solitary wasp whose localised nature and possible preoccupation with tree foliage (as with many other 'Psen' species) may make it prone to under recording. Post-1970 records are available for about a dozen sites, mainly in south-east England (Falk, 1991b). It occurs in reasonably open, sunny situations on sandy soils. British records cover a variety of habitats, including heathland, dry grassland, open woodland, coastal dunes and disturbed situations such as sandpits. Cicadellid bugs such as Idiocerus spp. are the prey of this wasp and, as these species are associated with woodland, trees and shrubs must provide important hunting areas.The wasp burrows into sand at the roots of grasses in reasonably open, sunny situations on sandy soils. Until this survey, the wasp was thought likely to be extinct in Essex, the only previous site at Mill Wood Pit having been lost to housing as part fo the Chafford Hundred development. References

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 4 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 5 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 17 records with habitat detail and method information)

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