Anteon ephippiger (Dalman,1818)


Also known under a number of synonyms (Else in Archer, 2005).


Throughout England, Wales and Scotland with a few records from Ireland (including Dunkerron, Kerry; Landenstown, Kildare; Royal Canal, Kildare; Anthdown, Wicklow; Woodend, Wicklow; Tollymore Park, Down: records from O W Richards and M Olmi).

Overseas it occurs in Austria, Bulgaria, the former Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Mongolia, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Yugoslavia.

Status (in Britain only)

No status is available, but probably not threatened.


Found in a wide range of habitats including bog, calcareous grassland, fen, lowland heathland, dry acid grassland, coastal vegetated shingle, coastal sand dunes, saltmarsh and sandy woodland.

Flight period

Mainly found during July, also June and August, rarely May and September.

Flowers visited

No data available.


No data available.

Parasitic biology

Acting as a parasitoid/predator on leaf-hoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Hosts – Deltocephalini: Deltocephalus pulicaris (Fallén) (Italy); Macropsini: Macropsis sp. (Poland); Macrosteles laevis (Ribaut) (Poland, Germany); Macrosteles sexnotatus (Fallén) (England); Athysanini: Mocydia crocea (Herrich-Schäffer) (England): Opsiini, Opsius lethierryi Wagner (Morocco); Opsius sp. (Spain); Opsius stactogalus Fieber (Italy); Paralimnini: Psammotettix striatus (Linnaeus) (USSR?).

Author of profile

J T Burn, M E Archer.

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