Cimbex luteus


A large (20 to 28 mm) yellow and brown species very similar to Cimbex connatus. However, C. luteus has significantly more yellow on the body and the thorax is generally a lighter orange colour. Mature larvae are yellow rather than the yellow-green of connatus.

Similar Species

Cimbex connatus

Identification difficulty

Adult and larva

Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed. If recording the larva please state whether it was found on Alder or Willow.


Where Alders and Willows, the larval food plants occur.

When to see it

Adult: May to July

Life History

Larvae feed on Alders and Willows.

UK Status

Widespread in England, but very infrequent.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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