Yellow-tipped Darwin Wasp Ichneumon stramentor


Yellow-tipped Darwin Wasp Ichneumon stramentor female

Length 13-18 mm. A large and colourful wasp. The bright yellow spot on the tip of the abdomen and the pale yellow bands on the antennae define the females as these are absent in the males. The larvae are parasites of moth larvae, notably the Large Yellow Underwing and Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Seen April to July, and found in meadows, hedgerows, woodland margins and gardens.

Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps & Sawflies)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumon Wasps)
Species Ichneumon stramentor Rasnitsyn, 1981

Photos: Female, back garden, South Staffordshire April 2017. © Peter Hillman


Ichneumon stramentor female
Ichneumon stramentor female
Ichneumon stramentor female