Giant Woodwasp - Urocerus gigas

Alt Name
Banded Horntail

The last tergite of the abdomen has a strong, projecting spike, thus giving the group its common name of horntail. This is a very large (up to 4 cm long) sawfly with a distinctive yellow and black banded abdomen.


Usually found in or near coniferous woods.

When to see it

May to October.

Life History

The larvae feed on dead wood.

UK Status

British status to follow.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland to follow.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map