Chrysogaster cemiteriorum

    Description

     The upper abdomen is black with a paler greyish band beneath on the flank. It is broad bodied and this can help distinguish it from some similar species.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Lush meadows and fens, usually near to scrub or wood margins.

    When to see it

    May to September, peaking in July and August.

    Life History

    It has a fondness for umbellifer flowers.

    UK Status

    Widely distributed in England and Wales, though less common in the south east of England, it is also found in southern Scotland. 

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map