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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map