Ectemnius sexcinctus


A large Ectemnius species with yellow and black wasp like markings and closely resembling the more common Ectemnius continuus.

Identification difficulty

It utilises coastal, rural and urban locations. Usually most evident around large pieces of dead wood or on umbellifer flowers.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Usually nesting in dead wood. Nests are stocked with a variety of medium-sized flies and hoverflies.

UK Status

Sparsely recorded throughout England and Wales, extending as far north as the Whitby area of North-east Yorkshire. No clear northern or southern bias is apparent, though it appears to have increased its presence in northern England over recent decades, whilst declining in counties such as Dorset. A Nationally Notable (Nb) species.

VC55 Status

Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Burbage record of 16th Jul 2015 is only the second record of this species in VC55.

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

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