Slender Wood Borer Wasp - Trypoxylon attenuatum


Length about 8 mm. A blackish, slender bodied wasp.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats, often in well vegetated areas.

When to see it

Summer and autumn.

Life History

Nests are located in hollow plant stems such as bramble, reeds etc., and are provisioned with dead spiders. This species will attempt to enter and usurp the nest of other aculeates of all species.

UK Status

Fairly widespread in Britain, but more frequent in the southern parts.

VC55 Status

Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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