Gelis areator agg.


Despite its distinctive appearance, with dark banded milky white wings and an almost back thorax with red marking, this parasitic wasp is very difficult to identify to species as there are similar members of the genus, particularly Gelis cinctus. For this reason we have decided to treat this group as an aggregate for the purpose of this website.

Identification difficulty

To follow.

When to see it

Based on the few available records we have found it would seem that the peak time is May to September.

Life History

To follow.

UK Status

Seems to be fairly widespread in Britain but is not well recorded, probably due to the difficulty of identification, so exact status is not known.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Species group:
Bees, Wasps, Ants
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
17/10/2013 (Higgott, Mike)
Last record:
12/05/2017 (Calow, Graham)

Total records by month

% of records within its species group

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