Digger wasp, Mellinus arvensis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Digger wasp, Mellinus arvensis (Linnaeus, 1758), female with prey, found in Dunwich, East Suffolk, September, 1933.

Digger wasps, as their name suggests borrow into the ground to make their nest.  They are a solitary wasp in that they will only nurture their own young and not cooperate to help raise a colony.  This specimen is of particular interest as it shows the wasp with its prey.

digger wasp with prey