A distinctive wasp with its yellow-banded, waisted abdomen combined with distinctive dark smudges on the forewing. Previously known as Gorytes bicinctus.
Recorded widely but sparingly over southern England from Cornwall to Kent and north to Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Norfolk; also the Channel Islands (Jersey). The species is not included in Lomholdt's 1975-76 and 1984 Fennoscandian books. However, Bitsch et al. (1997) state that it is found over much of Europe, southwards to Spain and Italy, and eastwards to the Ukraine and the Altai mountains in Russia.