Yellow-legged Bee-grabber

Conops flavipes

Description

Over all length 9.5 - 11.5mm. A black and yellow species with black bands around its femora, a yellow-tipped scutellum and a brown suffusion to its fore wings.

Habitat

Wet meadows and flowery places where its hosts can be found. Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius, Mason Bees Osmia species and the Red Wasp Vespula rufa have been recorded as hosts.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in England and Wales. Absent from most of Scotland. Uncommon on the reserve.

Best time to see

June to August.