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.
Range & Status
Recorded widely in the southern half of England, from Cornwall to Kent and north to
Warwickshire, Flintshire and Yorkshire. This species is a cleptoparasite of two host
species Gorytes quadrifasciatus and G. bicinctus , only the latter host species occurs in Cornwall. It has been recorded from a variety of open habitats on light soils. This species has never been very common in Cornwall with only a few older records, however, it was found recently (2007) on sandy soils at Pendower Beach near Veryan.
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.