Small-notched Mason-wasp

Ancistrocerus gazella


Body length 7 - 12mm. The head is black with yellow spots and bases to the antennae. The thorax is black with a yellow collar. The abdomen is black with a yellow band on the first segment and a gap before three more yellow bands towards the tip. The legs are mainly yellow. There are several other very similar species.


A wide range of habitats with sandy or clay soils are used, including woodland, hedgerows and brown-field sites.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in southern Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.