Dasyscolia ciliata

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Dasyscolia ciliata
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D. ciliata
Binomial name
Dasyscolia ciliata
Fabricius, 1787
Synonyms

Tiphia ciliata - Fabricius, 1787
Scolia aurea - Fabricius, 1793
Colpa rufa - Lepeletier, 1845
Elis aurea - Saussure, 1854
Campsoscolia ciliata - Betrem, 1933
Campsomeris ciliata - Guiglia, 1937

Dasyscolia ciliata is a species of scoliid wasp found throughout the Mediterranean.

It is the only known pollinator of the European Ophrys speculum. The male wasp is tricked into pollinating the Ophrys orchid (via pseudocopulation) by mimicking the female wasp in appearance and scent.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin M. O'Neill (2001). Solitary Wasps: Behavior and Natural History. Cornell University Press. p. 149.

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