Aptesis nigrocincta

    Description

    Length 3 to 8 mm. Females are significantly smaller than males and nearly wingless. A distinctive ichneumon, the abdomen and legs are orange, the abdomen has a broad black band.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, photos are required from above and below. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

    Habitat

    Orchards and other areas with apple trees.

    When to see it

    Late Spring to Autumn.

    Life History

    Aptesis nigrocincta is a bivoltine ectoparasitoid of Apple Sawfly (Hoplocampa testudinea) cocoons.

    UK Status

    Lack of records makes it difficult to determine the true status of this species in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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