Epistrophe eligans

    Description

    This species can be quite variable in the extent of the yellow striping on its abdomen, some specimens, particularly males, being nearly all black; however the overall pattern is usually similar.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Hot, sunny woodland edges and hedgerows, favouring Blackthorn and Hawthorn.

    When to see it

    Mainly a Spring species with most observations between April and June, peaking in May.

    UK Status

    It is widespread throughout most of Britain though more scarce in the north.

    VC55 Status

    Very common 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