Arge nigripes

Arge nigripes has a curved vein 3rm in the fore wing and a fore wing that is scarcely clearer at the apex than at the base, whereas in Arge enodis vein 3rm is straight and the fore wing is noticably darker at the base than the apex.

Larvae feed on roses.

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Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales

Flight period: April to July

Plant associations: Rosa spp. (roses) (1)


1. Benson, R.B., 1952. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Vol 6, Section 2(a-c), Royal Entomological Society, London

2. Liston, A. D. 1992: Taxonomy of European Arge related to nigripes (Retzius) (Hymenoptera, Symphyta: Argidae). - Entomologische Berichte Luzern, Luzern 27: 135-140

3. Liston A, Knight G, Sheppard D, Broad G, Livermore L (2014) Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Sawflies, ‘Symphyta’. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1168.

4. Zombori, L. 1968: Superficial characters for separating the males of Arge berberidis Schrank, 1802 and A. nigripes Retzius, 1783 (Hym.). - Folia Entomologica Hungarica (Series Nova), Budapest 21(11): 153-160