Nematus fahraei

    Description

    Length about 7 mm. The head, thorax, abdomen and legs are all orange, but there is blackish marking at the ‘waist’ between the thorax and abdomen which give the appearance of a black band. The wings have an orange stigma.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found in areas where Aspen is present.

    When to see it

    Best in May and June.

    Life History

    The green larvae make large holes in the middle of Aspen leaves.

    UK Status

    It seems to be a very uncommon species with only 4 records showing on the NBN map for Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The specimen taken at Fosse Meadows on 30th April 2014 is the first record of this species in VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map