Wasps in the Meadow.

The area of flower-rich meadow opposite the first car park off Lower Coastguard Lane is widely known as Kay’s Meadow, and it is always worth a good look for its abundance of wildflowers and insects. An unusual insect has just been found therein that would be missed by most as it is only 1.1mm long. It is Trimorus punctulator – a wasp that has no wings as such yet it has antennae that are easily twice the length of its body. It hunts prey by jumping, and is a parasitoid of the eggs of insects and spiders. It is one of the Scelionid wasps.

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