Aritranis director


    Length up to 10 mm. The head and thorax are black. The bulk of the abdomen is orange-red but the final part is black. The female also has a small white band at the tip of the abdomen, immediately before the ovipositor.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    Hedgerows & meadows, heath and moorland.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    The larva parisitise various moth caterpillars.

    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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map