Ichneumon suspiciosus


Approximately 16 mm long. The legs and antennae are black banded with yellow, the abdomen is also banded.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows, woodland rides, parks, gardens, and meadows. Often seen on the flowers of Umbellifers.

When to see it

May to September

Life History

The female lays her eggs into the caterpillars of butterflies and moths particularly the Swift Moth and the larvae feed on the body of the host when they hatch.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in England but few records from elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Thoght to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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