Monodontomerus wasp seeking out red mason bee cocoons-video

October 28, 2012

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos, Red mason solitary bees

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Monodontomerus wasps- a solitary bee parasite

A parasite of solitary bees, is the female monodontomerus parasitic wasp. This female uses her antennae to seek out and ‘sniff’ the scent of a potential host, in this case, a red mason bee’s cocoon inside a cell. If she finds a way inside the cell she will lay her eggs actually inside the cocoon and her larvae will eat the red mason bee larva inside. Filmed in my garden. More to follow……..

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nurturingnature July 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

Hi,I have had numerous monodontomerus wasps flying around my nest boxes…. watch this space!! Cheers George

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