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Scientific Name: Xylota segnis
Common Name: n/a
The UK's commonest Xylota and the broad orange belt across the abdomen of Xylota segnis is distinctive - but not always obvious under the wings when at rest (as you can see from the photograph above).
It can be common in woodland of various types, also in wood yards and not infrequently well away from woodland in gardens, along hedgrows etc. Adults are on the wing from April to November, peaking in June and July.
The larvae develop in dead wood of various sorts including heart rot, decaying roots, fallen trunks, damp rot holes and sap runs, but are also able to use sawdust, and apparently decaying vegetation that is not wood-based e.g. rotting potatoes and decomposing silage.
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