Allantus coryli - Hazel Spindler

Only one confirmed previous record at time of writing: a female in Surrey in 1928. There is a second unconfirmed record from Sussex in 1989. With no further records this species is considered as extinct in Britain (Musgrove, 2023).

Allantus coryli is similar to cingulatus but can be separated with the following features described by Stritt. The clypeus in coryli is rough textured but smooth in cingulatus. The third antennal sector is longer than the fourth. The thorax is black though the tegulae are white or at least edged in white. The scutellum is punctured all over rather than just at the margin as is the case in cingulatus. The abdomen is black but with a white or yellow in the female. The front femora are black at least on the hind face. The hind femora may only be dark at the apex and in the male maybe red. The tibiae and tarsi are reddish but on the hind tibiae the bases are white. The hind tarsus is darker than the apex of the tibia. Usually, the clypeus, mandibles and all sternites are dark.

Larvae are free living and feed on hazel.

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Size: 8 - 10mm

GB IUCN Status: Regionally Extinct
GB Rarity Status: Extinct

Distribution: England

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Corylus avellana. (hazel)


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