Aneugmenus padi (Linnaeus, 1760)

Aneugmenus padi

A glossy black species with contrasting bright yellow legs and tegulae. Males of Aneugmenus padi are rarely encountered in Britain and Ireland . In the female, the pronotum and abdomen are entirely black. The abdomen is glossy with minimal microsculpture. The carina behind the genae runs at the sides of the head up to the level of the top of the eye. In the similar Aneugmenus temporalis, the carina only goes half way up the eye.
Larvae feed on ferns, especially bracken.

Size: 5 - 6mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to September

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