Ichneumon wasp, (Ephialtes manifesto?) ovipositing inside Red mason bee cocoon video

July 5, 2017

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos

Ichnuemon Wasp, (Ephialtes manifestor?) ovipositing into red mason bee cocoon

After filming another Ichneumon wasp, which looks like the same species, using her ovipositor to check out a metal screw! This female got it right, unfortunately for the Red mason bee larva which will act as a host for the wasp larva to consume!

This Ichneumon wasp got it right. Unfortunately for the host Red mason bee larva!

If it is a Ephialtes manifestator, then according to the Natural History Museum, these ichneumonid wasps do parasitise solitary bees and other solitary wasps. You can see a lovely shot of the wasp on a solitary bee nest box here at Grantham Ecology  along with other beautiful photos of bees, it’s well worth a visit.

Some species of Ichneumon wasps can be beneficial as a biological control of agricultural pests.

Download NHM Beginner’s guide to identifying ichneumonids

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