Arge ciliaris (Linnaeus, 1767)

Arge ciliaris

One 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 blotch under the stigma. The legs are dark except for pale bases to the hind tibia. Adults will visit hogweed.

Larvae feed on Filipendula ulmaria (L).


Status: Local, widespread

Distribution: Throughout Britain and ireland

Flight period: Bivoltine, May to September

Plant associations: Filipendula ulmaria (L), meadowsweet


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.