Achaius oratorius

    Description

    This is a medium-sized species (11–15mm) and has a black body with white spots. The precise pattern of white around the inner margin of the eyes, the white bands on each pair of legs together with the white band on the first abdominal segment are distinctive. The second, larger pale band on the abdomen is often absent.

    Similar Species

    Can be confused with other black Ichneumoninae with white spots.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Hedgerows and copses.

    When to see it

    June to September

    Life History

    The larvae feed on butterfly and moth larvae.

    UK Status

    Thought to be a fairly common species in Britain but little recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map