Opheltes glaucopterus


This is a large species. The legs, antennae and most of the abdomen are orange, but the last sections of the abdomen are black as are the sides of the thorax and an area above the waist. The wings are slightly orange shaded.

Identification difficulty


When to see it

Mainly late spring to autumn.

Life History

Crepuscular or nocturnal parasitoid of Cimbex larvae.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common, but badly under recorded 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