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Species Account for Mutilla europaea

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Mutilla europaea  Linnaeus, 1758
Large Velvet Ant
Aculeata: Mutillidae

Mutilla europaea

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

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Status: Nb

Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important
Records: 61
First Record: 1983
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 17
Pre-1992 hectads: 4
Total hectads: 17

Additional Phenology Data


Large Velvet Ant
Large Velvet Ant
Mutilla europaea
Mutilla europaea

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Essex Red Data List comment
parasite in nests of bumblebees

Species text
Mutilla europaea is a Nationally Scarce (Notable B) parasitoid of bumblebees and most Essex records are from rough grassland or unmanaged areas where bumblebees are able to nest in good numbers. Falk (1991b) states that open habitats are favoured, especially heathland and disturbed sandy situations, but there are a wide variety of recorded habitats. References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 17 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 9 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 61 records with habitat detail and method information)

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