Brock (1982) summarises the taxonomy and biology of British Ophion, including an analysis of the status of different forms of O. obscuratus. Other useful European references for identification include Oosterbroek (1978) and Izquierdo (1983).

  • Brock, J P (1982) A systematic study of the genus Ophion in Britain (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 125: 57-97.
  • Izquierdo, I (1983) Los Ophioninae españoles (Hym., Ichn.). Eos 59: 45-65.
  • Oosterbroek, P (1978) Dutch Ophionini (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Ophioninae). Entomologische Berichten 38: 103-112.


Ophion obscuratus is just one of over 2,300 British species of Ichneumonidae. A checklist of the British and Irish species is available:

Checklist of British and Irish Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera) PDF (1.1 MB)