Amblyjoppa proteus

    Description

    A large (20–25mm), mainly jet-black species with a small yellow/cream spot on the back of the thorax. This species has dusky borders to the tips of the wings. Males have white bands on the hind legs and entirely black antennae, females have entirely black hind legs and a white band on the antennae.

    Similar Species

    Can be confused with many other, usually smaller, black species.

    Identification difficulty
    When to see it

    June

    Life History

    This species is the only ichneumon to parasitise the Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar.

    UK Status

    Under-recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland unknown.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map