Sunday, 12 June 2011

Scirtetes robustus

A Dun-bar moth larva (Cosmia trapezina), found in woodland at Hawksworth, appears to have been the host of the ichneumon Scirtetes robustus.
This is one of the Campopleginae and used to be called Spudastica kriechbaumeri.
It is a common parasitoid of several Orthosia spp. and this pupa should hopefully hatch next Spring.

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