Elampus panzeri (Fabricius,1804)

Description and notes

In the older literature this species has been placed in the genus Notozus, where it was known as scutellaris or constrictus. Identification keys and general biology are given in Morgan (1984) and Kunz (1994).

Distribution

Devon to Kent and north to Westmorland and North Yorkshire.

Overseas, found in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Hungary, north Africa and Palaearctic Asia, except Arabia and Japan.

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.

Habitat

Occurs in the habitats of its hosts which are open sandy areas. May be abundant around the nesting sites of its host.

Flight period

June to August but usually found during July.

Flowers visited

Wild carrot has been recorded and it regularly visits Ericaceae.

Parasites

No information available.

Parasitic biology

A brood parasite on species of Mimesa (Crabonidae).

Author of profile

M E Archer.