Sunday, 11 October 2015

European beewolf - Philanthus triangulum (Fabricius, 1775) - Cyprus

Philanthus triangulum, commonly known as the European beewolf or the bee-eating philanthus (from the now obsolete synonym Philanthus apivorus), is a solitary wasp that lives in Europe and Northern Africa. Although the adults of the species are herbivores (feeding on nectar and pollen), the species derives its name from the behavior of the inseminated females, who hunt Western honey bees. The female places several of its paralyzed prey together with an egg in a small underground chamber, to serve as food for the wasp larvae. All members of the genus Philanthus hunt various species of bees, but P. triangulum is apparently the only one that specializes in Western honey bees.From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Photos Geri , 31/10/ 2014 by George Konstantinou

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