Gorytes laticinctus

Description

9 to 13mm. This is one of several very similar wasps in the family which require a specimen or excellent macro photos to identify. The first dorsal plate is straight-sided rather than bulged and the yellow on the second dorsal plate occupies not less than 1/3 of its length. The face is largely yellow, extending above the level of the antennal insertions.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Usually associated with rough vegetation such as brambles in open situations. Typically observed running over brambles and other low herbage.

When to see it

Mid-June to mid-August, sometimes extending into September.

Life History

Females excavate nest burrows in the ground. The cells are provisioned with froghoppers (Philaenus spumarius) or similar bugs. The adult wasps will visit umbellifers to feed.

UK Status

Rare (RDB3). Sparsely distributed south of a line from the Severn Estuary to the Wash.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the first record for our area was at Croft Hill in 2014 .

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