Apechthis compunctor


A small to medium (7 to 15 mm) black bodied species. It has orange legs without cream banding on the hind tibia. 

Similar Species

Similar to Pimpla rufipes but in Apechthis compunctor the female ovipositor has a downward curved tip.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Photographs required showing the tip of the female ovipositor.  Males are not identifiable from photographs.


Hedgerows and meadows.

When to see it

May to October.

Life History

Lepidoptera pupae are the larval hosts.

UK Status

It seems to be widespread in Britain, but lack of records makes true status difficult to determine.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map