Somewhat smaller than the similiar V. zonaria and with yellow rather than chestnut markings on tergite (segment) 2 and more extensive yellow on the underside of the abdomen. It looks more wasp-like than hornet-like.
Flower meadows, roadside verges and hedgerows.
It can be found from June to September, peaking in early August.
This species is a parasite of wasp larvae, including Hornets.
Previously found mainly around London, it has been steadily expanding its range northwards and its range now reaches a line from the Wash to the Severn, although even in this area it is quite local, and infrequent much of the time.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, but seems to be getting more frequent in our area.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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