Xanthandrus comtus


Abdomen segment T2 has round spots and segments T3 and T4 have semi-circular spots tht may join in the middle.  Males are considerably more colourful than females which have darker, greyer markings on the abdomen.

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Identification difficulty

It usually occurs in woodland edge (deciduous and coniferous) and scrub where adults are usually found visiting flowers or resting on vegetation in clearings or along tracks.

When to see it

 Late May to October.

Life History

The larvae prey on the caterpillars of various micro-moths.

UK Status

Although relatively frequent in older collections, this species underwent a period of decline and came to be regarded as a great rarity. It has evidently recovered, as there are numerous recent records at widely scattered localities throughout the southern half of Britain, and it has recently been found in Scotland (Rotheray, 1992). Records remain very erratic, however, and there are few sites where it occurs regularly. This could possibly indicate that this species is a migrant.

VC55 Status

Local and scarce 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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