Wasp (Bee Killer)
The Bee Killer Wasp is an insect also known as the European Bee Wolf. It is called a ‘bee wolf’ because it feeds its young called larvae on European Honey Bees. The Bee Killer Wasp stings a Honey Bee to stun and paralyse it and then takes it to its nest for the larvae to feed on. This bee can be mainly found in the south part of England where there is sandy soil.
The Bee Killer Wasp is about one to one and a half centimetres long and can be recognised by its yellow and black triangular-shaped markings on the rear part of its body. It has two black antennae on its head and two large black oval eyes. It also has six yellow legs and two pairs of transparent wings.
A female Bee Killer Wasp burrows a hole in sandy ground to make a nest. The nest has an entrance tunnel which leads off to little rooms called 'cells'. The female lays a single egg in the cell and then closes it, but not before a European Honey Bee has been supplied for the larva. Bee Killer Wasps are solitary wasps because each female constructs an individual cell for herself and provides for her young and raises them on her own.