Aglaostigma aucupariae (Klug, 1817)

Aglaostigma aucupariae

One of two Aglaostigma species in Britain and Ireland and an early spring species. Both species are blackish with a red girdle on the abdomen. The stigma is bicolorous. Aglaostigma aucupariae lacks cream coloured markings on the lateral and ventral surfaces of the body.
Larvae feed on a range of bedstraws.

Size: 7 - 9mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: March to June

Plant associations: Gallium spp. (bedstraws)

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