This page will contain photos and information on all the New Species.

If we run out of new species we will use this page to display information on some of the species found in the Dene.

Total Number of Recorded Species in the Brierdene  31/08/2020

 Groups  Number
  Bats    3
  Bugs & Beatles    52
    Bumblebees - Bees - Solitary Bees    16
Butterflies    21
   Centipedes & Millipedes
Crustaceans    5
   Dragonflies    6
Fish and Amphibians    5
  Flies    55
  Fungi    43
Harvestman    2
  Ladybirds    9
Mammals    12
  Molluscs    10
Lichen, Liverworts Mosses and Slime
  Moths & Miners   170
  Plants, Bushes & Trees    330
  Reptiles     1
  Wasps    11
 Worms    11

RUBY-TAILED WASP Chrysis ignita

The glittering, metallic Ruby-tailed wasp is one of many species of solitary bee and wasp that can be spotted in a number of habitats from walls to sandy quarries, rocky outcrops to tree trunks. Solitary bees and wasps do not live in colonies like Honey Bees; instead, the female builds a nest by herself, stocks it with pollen, and lays an egg within each cell she has created.

However, the adults of the Ruby-tailed wasp are a little lazier: the females actually lay their eggs in the nests of other solitary bees and wasps, especially Mason Bees.

When the eggs hatch, they eat the larvae of the Mason Bees and develop - this gives the Ruby-tailed wasp its other name of 'Cuckoo Wasp'.

Found throughout the U.K. and can be seen from  April to September


Life Span:  Approximately 9 to 12 months

If seen up close, the glittering Ruby-tailed wasp is, perhaps, one of the UK's most beautiful insects.

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