Callajoppa cirrogaster

Description

Callajoppa cirrogaster is very similar to Callajoppa exaltatoria. They are two of the largest Ichneumonidae in Britain but can be hard to tell apart. Both are similar in coloration and have pale markings at the base of the antennae as well as yellow colouration around the eyes and at the base of the abdomen. The wings of both species are distinctly yellow, which gradually darkens to brown at the edges. (see link below for further detail).

Similar Species

Callajoppa exaltatoria

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Habitat

Mainly in woodland and parks where large hawk-moths are found.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History

A parasitoid of hawk-moths.

UK Status

Status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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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