Abia fasciata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Abia fasciata

A blackish species with a violet sheen. Females have a white propodeum and metanotum. Wings are milky at the base with a dark central band and clear apex. Males are very rare but lack the velvety patches on the tergites that are found on males of other Abia species.
Larvae feed on honeysuckle, snowberry and pheasantberry, etc.

Size: approx. 10mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: Uni- or bivoltine, April to August

Plant associations: Lonicera spp., Symphoricarpos spp. and Leycesteria spp. (honeysuckle, snowberry and pheasantberry, etc.)

References:

Benson, R.B., 1952. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Vol 6, Section 2(a-c), Royal Entomological Society, London

Liston A, Knight G, Sheppard D, Broad G, Livermore L (2014) Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Sawflies, ‘Symphyta’. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1168. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.2.e1168

Hackston, M (2014). Family Cimbicidae: Key to the British species. https://sites.google.com/site/mikesinsectkeyshymenoptera/Home/hymenoptera/symphyta/superfamily-tenthredinoidea/family-cimbicidae [Accessed 25Apr2019]