Xylota sylvarum


This species has golden hair on the bottom of its abdomen and often a further golden band above this.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and well wooded areas.

When to see it

It can be seen from May to October with a peak in late June and July.

Life History

Larvae have been found in wet decaying roots of Beech stumps, but where Beech is not present Oak and Birch are considered possible substitutes.

UK Status

More common in the south of Britain, becoming scarcer further north.

VC55 Status

Reasonably frequent though not common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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

UK Map