Itoplectis maculator

Description

Length 5 to 10 mm. A largely black bodied insect with striking red thighs on its rear legs. There are other very similar species in this genus which means that detailed examination of an actual specimen is generally needed to identify the exact species. A red box around the image indicates that we think it is likely to be this species but can't be 100% certain.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Hedgerows, parks and gardens.

When to see it

Peaking in summer and autumn.

Life History

A parasite of various butterfly and moth pupae.

UK Status

Widespread but probably under recorded in England.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map