Aglaostigma aucupariae

Aglaostigma aucupariae is 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. Eggs are deposited into the stems. Growing tips beyond the laying site quickly wilt and wither.

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Size: 7 - 9mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: March to June

Plant associations: Galium spp. (bedstraws)


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.