Alexeter nebulator

Alternative names
Ichneumon nebulator, Alexeter melanocephalus, Alexeter gracilipes, Mesoleptus melanocephalus

This ichneumon is entirely orange in colour apart from the dark head and the darkened antennal tips. It has large eyes and ocelli to aid it in its nocturnal lifestyle. It sometimes turns up in light traps.

Identification difficulty
Life History

The species is nocturnal and is a parasitoid of sawfly/moth caterpillars.

UK Status

Believed to be widespread but little recorded.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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