Abia fasciata

Abia fasciata is 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 members of the Caprifoliaceae family which includes honeysuckle, snowberry and pheasantberry, etc.

Jump to other Cimbicidae

Size: approx. 10mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: Uni- or bivoltine, April to August

Plant associations: Caprifoliaceae including...

Lonicera spp. (honeysuckles) (1)
Symphoricarpos spp. (snowberry) (1)
Leycesteria spp. (pheasantberry) (3)


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

2. 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

3. Liston, A.D., Savina, H., Nagy, Z.T., Sonet, G. and Boeve, J.L., 2014. Taxonomy, phylogeny and host plants of some Abia sawflies (Hymenoptera, Cimbicidae). Zootaxa, 3821(1), pp.125-132.

4. 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]