Wedge-Shaped Beetles (Ripiphoridae)

  • Wasp Nest Beetle (Metoecus paradoxus)

    Wasp nest beetle of the wedge-shaped beetle (Ripiphoridae) family is found in most parts of the United Kingdom though not in abundance in Scotland and Britain. They seem to be the common wasp’s parasitoid, with the larva mostly found in the wasp’s nest, hence the name.