Aneugmenus fuerstenbergensis (Konow, 1885)

Aneugmenus fuerstenbergensis

A black species with contrasting bright yellow legs. Males of Aneugmenus fuerstenbergensis are encountered as frequently as the females. The claws of this species are simple and lack an inner tooth (unlike all other Aneugmenus species). The abdomen is dulled by well-defined microsculpture (glossy at least on the first tergite in padi). In the male specimen seen, the pronotum is pale adjacent to the yellow tegulae.
Larvae unknown but believed to feed on ferns.

Size: 5 - 6 mm

Status: Rare

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Pteridium aquilinum (bracken) and other ferns.

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