Stauropoctonus bombycivorus


A striking, large ichneumon with exceptionally long, orange antennae and orange legs. The abdomen is black and orange.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats in search of its host species.

When to see it

Summer and early autumn.

Life History

It is a parasitoid of the Lobster Moth. It could be also be attacking other suitably large hosts in Britain, we just don’t know.

UK Status

A local and infrequent species in Britain, it is thought to be scarcer than its host the Lobster Moth.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

UK Map