Figwort Mason Wasp

Symmorphus gracilis


Over all length 7 to 12mm. Black with yellow markings. The male may have less yellow on the abdomen than the female.


Woodland and gardens. Often associated with Figwort, where the females collect Cionus weevils to feed their larvae.

Status and distribution

Common and widely distributed throughout south-eastern Britain. Less well recorded in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.