Ichneumon suspiciosus

    Description

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

    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map