Bury Wildlife

Vespidae - Wasps

Ichneumon Wasps are parasitic wasps.

Achaius oratorius

Length 11 to 15 mm. A striking black and white coloured parisitoid. The larvae feed on butterfly and moth larvae. Hedgerows and copses


Alomya debellator

length 10 to 18 mm. The head and thorax of this species are black, but on the abdomen the black is broken by a very broad orange band. The lower joints of the legs are also orange, whilst the thighs are black, The adults feed on nectar and aphid honeydew. The female lays her eggs into the caterpillars of butterflies and moths. The larvae feed on the body .


Ichneumon suspiciosus  Banded antenna legs and thorax


Amblyteles armatorius

Very often found in summer on flowers feeding on pollen, especially umbellifers such as Hogweed.


Ichneumon extensorius POSS

Length: 8-16 mm. A sexually dimorphic species. The female has a white tip to the abdomen, a white mark at the base of the thorax, and white banded antennae. woods edges



German wasp vespula germanica hinds

Very similar in appearance to the Common Wasp, though very slightly bigger. The best way of telling them apart is by looking at the face.


Common Wasp - Vespula vulgaris

DescriptionAbout 2 cm long, they have bright yellow and black bands along the body, with an obvious 'waist' between the thorax and abdomen

ectemnius continuus digger wasp hinds They nest in wood, excavating tunnels with several cells which are then stocked with food (various Flies) for the developing brood. Recorded South GMC


pemphredon lugubris mournful wasp found bury but  also recorded south west GMC


Ruby-tailed Wasp. Chrysis ignita Crow Tree

Parasitoid. The larvae eat the grubs of burrow-dwelling solitary bees. Prey: Red Mason Bee. Adults feed on nectar and  pollen  only recorded south west GMC

Eumenes fraternus  wasp

The wasp nests in sandy soil, often in flat places and preys on Homoptera hoppers (Cicadellidae, occasionally including nymphs)


Braconidae Wasp Aleiodes similis

Parasitic on various moths. The first generation on low feeding noctuids especially Xestia xanthographa, but the next generation is on Conistra and various (but not all) Orthosia species on deciduous trees


torymidae wasp

Torymidae is a family of wasps that consists of attractive metallic species with enlarged hind legs, and generally with a long ovipositor. Many are parasitoids on gall-forming insects, and some are phytophagous (plant-eating) species, sometimes usurping the galls formed by other insects


Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus

The name Potter Wasp derives from the shape of the mud nests built by species of Eumenes and similar genera. They look like little pots

Flightless parasistib Gelis wasp. another type of  Ichneumon Wasps

Ichneumon Wasps are parasitic wasps. In th UK there are several thousands species almost all of which are impossible to ID like those above by the naked eye. Several new species have recently been identified in the UK. The long ovipositor is used to lay eggs.  Little is known of many species but they do look impressive. All pictures taken in Elton Reservoir area