Amblyteles armatorius


    One of the many medium to large (15mm) black-and-yellow banded species. The spine on the top of the thorax together with a precise colour pattern on the abdomen in both sexes distinguishes them from the many other very similar species. Watch out for other species with extra spots of yellow or white on the abdomen.
    Males are distinctive in having wide yellow stripes on the abdomen with a black stripe between, together with a yellow tip to the abdomen and broadly black hind femur. Females are similarly distinctive but the yellow bands on the abdomen are narrower and curved, rather ring shaped.

    Identification difficulty

    On roadside verges, hedgerows, woodland rides and clearings, especially on any dense undergrowth such as bramble patches.

    When to see it

    May to July with a second generation in October - November.

    Life History

    Very often found in summer on flowers feeding on pollen, especially umbellifers such as Hogweed. The hosts are moth larvae.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in lowland Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    be our species champion

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map