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.
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.
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
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
Span: Approximately 9 to 12 months
seen up close, the glittering Ruby-tailed wasp is, perhaps, one of the UK's
most beautiful insects.