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This sand wasp from the genus Bembix in the Sphecidae family (Mud Daupers and Sand Wasps) was photographed on lavender plants alongside honey bees which made the wasp stick out almost immidiatly. At around 2cm this wasp was coloured as many of its species with a striking yellow and black barred abdomen. The female digs tunnel like homes in sandy soil where they line cells with prey items that in most cases are members of the flies. Their burrows are sometimes opened and closed by cuckoo wasps that lay their own egg in the chamber that hatches and feeds off the sand wasp larva.
Sandy expanses such as beaches or flats
Spotted on Mar 23, 2019
Submitted on Mar 26, 2019
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