Symmorphus bifasciatus

Alternative names
Symmorphus mutinensis

This species has a black and yellow banded abdomen.

Identification difficulty

Adults seem to prefer damp places, often near streams and ditches, and their flight paths are associated with patches of foliage in full sunlight.

When to see it

May to October; but mainly from June to August, with July being the peak month.

Life History

Preys on beetle larvae which are taken to the nest and stored in larval chambers.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

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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