Crossocerus binotatus Lepeletier & Brullé,1835

Synonyms

Crabro signatus (PANZER,1798); Crabro monstrosus (DAHLBOM,1845); Crabro confusus (SCHULZ,1906)

Description and notes

A scarce yellow-marked Crossocerus, closely resembling the relatively frequent C. dimidiatus, but typically with entirely yellow tibiae. This species has been variously assigned to the genera Crabro and Cuphopterus in older literature.

Distribution

Recorded widely, though sparingly, across England, with one record from Scotland (Murroch Glen, Dunbartonshire, 1903). Abroad, known from central Europe and the Caucasus (Lomholdt, 1975-76).

Status (in Britain only)

Listed as Notable B by Falk (1991) (now known as Scarce (Nb)). There is no evidence of a particularly strong decline, though it has never been a common insect.

Habitat

Associated with dead wood and timber, with British records from a variety of situations, including woodland, parkland, wetland, non-intensive agricultural settings and even gardens.

Flight period

Univoltine; early June to early September.

Prey collected

Medium-sized flies such as lauxaniids and rhagionids.

Nesting biology

Nesting occurs in burrows in dead wood and timber, including fallen logs, rotten stumps, fence posts and building timbers.

Flowers visited

No information available. Males may 'swarm' around trees and bushes in a similar manner to C. dimidiatus.

Parasites

No information available.

Author of profile

S J Falk

Year profile last updated

2001