Trypoxylon figulus (Linnaeus,1758)

Description and notes

Trypoxylon figulus sensu Richards (1980) and Lomholdt (1984) is now considered to comprise three separate species. Knowles (2009) explains the history and provides guidance on the identification of the three species.


This first map shows records for Trypoxylon figulus agg. The second map shows T. figulus iso. Pulawski: 1984.

Reasonably well distributed across southern England northwards to Yorkshire, and in south Wales. Not recorded from Scotland, Ireland or the Channel Islands.

Bitsch et al. (2001) consider it to be found throughout the Holarctic, although very rare in the east of Russia.

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.


Likely to occur in a wide variety of open habitats where its nesting requirements are to be found.

Flight period

Late May to late August, based on specimens in the Natural History Museum, London.

Prey collected

The genus as a whole preys on small spiders.

Nesting biology

Mainly utilises holes in dead wood, walls etc.

Flowers visited

No data available.


No data available.

Author of profile

A Knowles.

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