Callajoppa cirrogaster

    Description

    Callajoppa cirrogaster is very similar to Callajoppa exaltatoria. They are two of the largest Ichneumonidae in Britain but can be hard to tell apart. Both are similar in coloration and have pale markings at the base of the antennae as well as yellow colouration around the eyes and at the base of the abdomen. The wings of both species are distinctly yellow, which gradually darkens to brown at the edges. (see link below for further detail).

    Similar Species

    Callajoppa exaltatoria

    Identification difficulty
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    Habitat

    Mainly in woodland and parks where large hawk-moths are found.

    When to see it

    July to September.

    Life History

    A parasitoid of hawk-moths.

    UK Status

    Status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

    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

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