A medium-sized red and black species, amongst the largest in its genus in Britain.This species, along with Arachnospila minutula, belongs to the subgenus Anoplochares, characterised by the female lacking a tarsal comb.The male has a characteristic genital plate.
Widely distributed in England,Wales and Scotland. Despite the comment in Day (1988), we are unaware of records from Ireland. Also present in the Channel Islands.
Occurs in northern and central Europe (Wolf 1972).