Ancistrocerus gazella


    Ancistrocerus gazella has black and yellow markings typical of this family. Very similar in appearance to Ancistrocerus parietum and detailed examination is needed for a safe identification. See the ID Aid below.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • edge of 2nd ventral plate with small, teeth-like indentations
    • ridge across 1st dorsal plate without a forward-pointing, V-shaped, central notch
    • yellow on first dorsal plate enlarging at the sides into a roughly rectangular shape
    • forewings clouded in cells 1 and 2
    Identification aids

    ID aid

    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Found in a wide variety of habitats including sandy and clay soils, river banks, coastal areas and open urban, parkland and wooded areas.

    When to see it

    Probably univoltine; generally on the wing from June to August, and rarely during May, September and October.

    Life History

    Preying mainly on Lepidoptera larvae.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain especially around coastal locations.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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