Arge melanochra (Gmelin, 1790)

Arge melanochra

The fore wing is yellowish or brown with a smudge beneath the stigma that does not extend right across the wing (not extending beyond the radial cell). The hind femur is black.
Larvae are unknown though on the continent they are reported to feed on hawthorns. Species is most often encountered in the south.

Status: Infrequent

Distribution: England

Flight period: June to July

Plant associations: unknown, possible a stem borer


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.