Digger Wasp

Gorytes laticinctus


Body length 9 - 13mm. This is one of a few similar species and attention should be paid to the amount of yellow on the face of the female (it goes above the bases of the antennae) and the width of the yellow on the second abdominal segment (It should be over a third). The male has less yellow on the face and lacks the rear yellow bar on the thorax.


Areas with rough vegetation with brambles, hogweed, wild carrot for adults to feed on and plenty of prey for the females to stock their breeding chambers with.

Status and distribution

Rare and very local. Rare in Nottinghamshire (this could be the first record) but several were recorded at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.