Beewolf

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Latin name: Philanthus triangulum

Beewolves (or Bee Killer Wasps) are solitary digger wasps which ambush honeybees, usually whilst they are feeding on flowers, and sting them to induce paralysis. The helpless prey is then slung upside-down underneath the female wasp and carried back to her hole where it is buried alive in sand as food for the grubs. The Beewolf used to be a rare species but has undergone a huge increase in the last 30 or so years. There are many places to watch them on Alderney, for example at the car park area at Longis Bay or in sandy patches near the Guns above Trois Vaux.