Ophion scutellaris


Length 14 to 20 mm. An orange brown Ichneumon, similar to others in the group such as O. obscuratus  but with a very thin hind femur and lacking the thoracic yellow markings.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows and well vegetated areas.

When to see it

March to September.

Life History

Adults and larvae feed on caterpillars.

UK Status

The scattered records for this species are mostly from England.

VC55 Status

Not well recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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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