Aritranis director


Length up to 10 mm. The head and thorax are black. The bulk of the abdomen is orange-red but the final part is black. The female also has a small white band at the tip of the abdomen, immediately before the ovipositor.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, photos are required from above and below. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


Hedgerows & meadows, heath and moorland.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History

The larva parisitise various moth caterpillars.

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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map