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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Lestiphorus bicinctus - A solitary wasp

Range & Status

Recorded widely but sparingly over southern England from west Cornwall to Kent north to Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire. It appears to be scarce in most parts of its range, though it also seems to be an elusive species. It is the host for the cleptoparasitic wasp Nysson trimaculatus . Associated with scrubby or brambly places in sunny locations on light soils, most of the Cornish records have been from coastal areas. Though there are numerous, validated, older records there are only four post-1980 records; Rosemullion Head, Marazion Marsh, Penhale Dunes and Hayle.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.