Hedychrum rutilans Dahlbom,1854

Description and notes

Previously known as H. intermedium, a misidentification. Identification keys and general biology are given in Morgan (1984), Falk (1991) and Kunz (1994).


There are two records from England: from Lyndhurst, Hampshire (Morice 1901b) and from Wandsworth, Surrey (Morice 1902). The Lyndhurst specimen has been found at Oxford University Museum. Now regarded as extinct in England, but still found on Jersey and Guernsey.

Overseas found throughout Europe except the extreme north (including Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, France including Corsica, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Albania, Greece), and in Turkey, Armenia, Iran, Siberia and north Africa.

Status (in Britain only)

An appendix species in Shirt (1987) and Falk (1991).


Found in the habitats of its hosts which are usually open sandy places such as lowland heaths, coastal dunes and other disturbed sandy places. Adults can be found feeding on nectar in flowers and at extra-floral nectaries.

Flight period

Probably univoltine: from a small sample found from June to August.

Flowers visited

Mayweed, sea-holly, sheep's-bit and yarrow.


No information available.

Parasitic biology

Host(s) unknown in England, but on mainland Europe its hosts are Philanthus triangulum (Edwards 1997) and P. coronatus. For details of parasitic behaviour see H. niemelai.

Author of profile

M E Archer.