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Creepy-Crawly  Ichneumon Fly

Ichneumon Fly - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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A great way to see all the details on these insects and other small creatures is with a special magnifier box - click here

Latin name: Ichneumon suspiciosus

Size: Approximately 16mms long

Distibution: Found throughout the U.K.

Months seen: May to September

Food: The adults feed on nectar and aphid honeydew.

Habitat: Hedgerows, woodland rides, parks, gardens, and meadows

Special features: The females implant their eggs into the caterpillars of butterflies and moths. When the eggs hatch the larvae feed on the body of the host caterpillars.

One of our largest ichneumon flies is called Rhyssa persuasoria (Click here for a photo). It lays its eggs into the larvae of wood wasps.

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