Alexeter nebulator

    Alternative names
    Ichneumon nebulator, Alexeter melanocephalus, Alexeter gracilipes, Mesoleptus melanocephalus

    This ichneumon is entirely orange in colour apart from the dark head and the darkened antennal tips. It has large eyes and ocelli to aid it in its nocturnal lifestyle. It sometimes turns up in light traps.

    Identification difficulty
    Life History

    The species is nocturnal and is a parasitoid of sawfly/moth caterpillars.

    UK Status

    Believed to be widespread but little recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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