Aptesis nigrocincta


Length 3 to 8 mm. Females are significantly smaller than males and nearly wingless. A distinctive ichneumon, the abdomen and legs are orange, the abdomen has a broad black band.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Orchards and other areas with apple trees.

When to see it

Late Spring to Autumn.

Life History

Aptesis nigrocincta is a bivoltine ectoparasitoid of Apple Sawfly (Hoplocampa testudinea) cocoons.

UK Status

Lack of records makes it difficult to determine the true status of this species in Britain.

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

Species profile

Species group:
Bees, Wasps, Ants
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
08/04/2019 (Gamble, Gavin)
Last record:
17/01/2020 (Cann, Alan)

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