Baranisobas ridibundus


Body length 7 to 9mm. A red and black species with white around the inner edge of the eyes, white stripes on the thorax, a white scutellum and a white spot at the end of the abdomen. Unable to identify the similar species - Too nice to leave out.


Woodland edge, hedgerows and scrub. The larvae feed as endoparasites of caterpillars such as Sallow Kitten.

Status and distribution

Sparsely recorded from southern England and the Midlands.

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