Thursday 8 August 2019

Wasp species never seen before in Scotland discovered for the first time


Published: 15:35 Monday 22 July 2019

A wasp which has never been seen in Scotland before has made its home in Loch Lomond.

The brightly-coloured Ichneumonid wasp has never been recorded in the country before, but zoology graduate Sam Buckton, who volunteers with the RSPB, made the remarkable discovery in West Dunbartonshire.

Sam, who studied at the University of Cambridge, discovered 315 species considered to be new to the Loch Lomond nature reserve and the area.

He hopes to find more, to bring the total to 500.

Sam said: "RSPB Scotland's Loch Lomond reserve was acquired relatively recently in 2012, so we still have much to learn about the species that call it home.

"Although the birds and plants on site are well-studied, other groups - particularly invertebrates - are relatively unknown.

"As a large site with a wide array of habitats, Loch Lomond is likely to harbour a huge diversity of species, and the truth is, I've just been scratching the surface with my surveys.


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