Symmorphus gracilis (Brullé,1832)

Description and notes

See Symmorphus crassicornis for literature on this species.

Distribution

Widespread in southern England, and north to Yorkshire.

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as being threatened.

Flight period

Adults of S. gracilis are most likely to be found during June and July, but also at the end of May and sometimes during August.

Prey collected

S. gracilis hunts for larvae of the chrysomelid beetle Chrysomela populi and, in addition, Cionus hortulanus, a weevil associated with figwort.

Nesting biology

Author of profile

M E Archer.

Year profile last updated

1997