Cerceris tuberculata

Cerceris tuberculata is a species of wasp in the family Crabronidae.[2][3]

Cerceris tuberculata
Crabronidae - Cerceris tuberculata.JPG
Cerceris tuberculata. Museum specimen
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Crabronidae
Genus: Cerceris
Species:
C. tuberculata
Binomial name
Cerceris tuberculata
(Villers, 1787)
Synonyms
  • Sphex tuberculata Villers, 1789
  • Crabro rufipes Fabricius, 1787
  • Vespa hispanica Gmelin, 1790
  • Cerceris major Spinola, 1808
  • Cerceris dufouriana Fabre, 1855
  • Cerceris semirufa F. Smith, 1856

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DescriptionEdit

Cerceris tuberculata, the largest representative of the genus in Europe, can reach a length of 17–22 millimetres (0.67–0.87 in).

The adult female of Cerceris tuberculata digs a nest in the soil at a depth of about 50 cm. and provisions it with living prey items she has paralyzed with venom. Prey items are commonly weevils of the genus Cleonis.

Adults fly from mid-July to September. They feed on the nectar of flowers (usually Apiaceae and Asteraceae).[4]

DistributionEdit

This species is present in Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain and former Jugoslavia.[5]

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