Phobocampe confusa


    This is a species of ichneumon which lays its eggs in the caterpillars of the Peacock butterfly. The fully grown larvae erupt from the caterpillars and spin a cocoon in which they pupate. The cocoons can be seen suspended from silk threads attached to the remains of the caterpillars and are more often recorded than the adult.


    Areas of Nettles where Peacock Butterfly caterpillars are found.

    When to see it

    The larval cocoons can be seen in late June and July.

    Life History

    See ‘Description’

    UK Status

    UK status not known.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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