Apechthis rufata


    Length up to 15 mm. Quite a striking ichneumon, although there are similar species and expert help is needed with identification.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Flower rich meadows, hedgerows and woodland edge.

    When to see it

    May to November.

    Life History

    Parasitic on the larvae of several moth species.

    UK Status

    Apparently widespread, but infrequently recorded, so true status is difficult to determine.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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