Ichneumon

Xorides fuligator

Description

Body length 12 to 18mm. Black with a reddish abdomen which is blacker towards the end. The legs are red and black. The female pictured has a very long ovipositor.

Habitat

Woodland edge and hedgerows. The larvae are endoparasites of caterpillars.

Status and distribution

There are very few records, all from England. Another poorly recorded species.

Best time to see

May to July.