Nesting biology of the solitary digger wasp Podalonia affinis
Entomologist 112(1): 17-24
ISSN/ISBN: 0013-8878 Accession: 032500916
The nesting biology of the solitary digger wasp Podalonia affinis (K.) (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) at a Breckland heath site is described including life-history, prey, digging and provisioning behaviour, nest spacing and natural enemies. The nesting sequence was unusually variable: some nests wee dug before prey capture, others after. Some P. affinis prey were stolen from the nests of Ammophila sabulosa (L.), and one A. sabulosa female brood-parasitized a. P. affinis nest. Prey were also stolen from P. affinis nests.