Nephrotoma crocata


Size 2 to 2.5 cm. A striking insect with black and yellowy-orange banding.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Associated with sandy soils, old gravel/sand workings even old rabbit borrows, though sometimes on peats or bare calcareous soils.

When to see it

April to October.

UK Status

Widespread but very local in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map