Tenthredo zona


    One of the smaller black and yellow banded species. The fore wing stigma is bicolorous being yellow with a darker apex.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Associated with dry heaths and chalk downs, especially where Perforate St John's-wort is present.

    When to see it

    Late April to June.

    Life History

    Larvae feed on St John's-wort.

    UK Status

    An uncommon species mainly recorded in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.  The 2020 record from Ketton is only the second record for VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map