Arge ciliaris (Linnaeus, 1767)

Arge ciliaris

Arge ciliaris is of the black Arge species with a metallic sheen to the thorax and abdomen. Hairs on the face and mesopleura are silvery white. The wings are almost entirely hyaline with at most a small black blotch under the stigma. The legs are dark except for pale bases to the hind tibia. Adults will visit hogweed.

Larvae feed on meadowsweet.

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Status: Local, widespread

Distribution: Throughout Britain and ireland

Flight period: Bivoltine, May to September

Plant associations: Filipendula ulmaria (L), meadowsweet

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

Muche, W. H. 1977: Die Argidae von Europa, Vorderasien und Nordafrika (mit Ausnahme der Gattung Aprosthema) (Hymenoptera, Symphyta). - Entomologische Abhandlungen. Staatliches Museum für Tierkunde in Dresden , Leipzig 41, Supplement: 23-59.