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Purbeck mason wasp
In the UK the Purbeck Mason Wasp (Pseudepipona herrichii) is found only in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. The female wasp stocks her burrow with larvae of a small moth which feeds mainly on bell heather. The adults chew distinctive holes in the heather flowers to obtain nectar which their short tongues could not otherwise reach.