Ecology

Associations

In Great Britain and/or Ireland:
Animal / predator / stocks nest with
female of Philanthus triangulum stocks nest with Apis mellifera
Other: sole host/prey

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Philanthus triangulum

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 30
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Barcode data: Philanthus triangulum

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


No available public DNA sequences.

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Wikipedia

European beewolf

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.

Status in the UK[edit source | edit]

This wasp was previously considered to be one of the great aculeate rarities in Britain, with colonies only in sandy habitats on the Isle of Wight and Suffolk. It has undergone an expansion in range, with the wasp now locally common in a steadily increasing number of sites as far north as Yorkshire (2002). The species has RDB2 status (vulnerable) but, if revised, it is now likely that this status will be removed because of its increase in range and population.[1]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "Species Account for Philanthus triangulum". Essex Field Club. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
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