Mason Wasp

Odynerus species


Body length 8 - 12mm. Black with cream or yellow bands on the abdomen. The males have their antennae curled into spirals at their tips. The species pictured is possibly Odynerus melanocephalus, suggested by the cream abdominal stripes, but there are two other very similar species.

Status and distribution

All three species are local or in decline and restricted to the southern half of Britain. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded twice at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to July.