Cimbex luteus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Cimbex luteus

A large yellow and brown species very similar to Cimbex connatus. However, Cimbex luteus has significantly more yellow on the body. In luteus the 3rd tergite has at most a narrow central dark mark and with much more extensive yellow on the underside of the abdomen. In luteus, the thorax is generally a lighter orange colour and the back of the head and scutellum are dulled by puncturation and denser hair.

Larvae feed on alders and willows and in maturity are yellow rather than the yellow-green of connatus.

Jump to other Cimbicidae

Size: 20 - 28mm

Status: Infrequent

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales

Flight period: May to July

Plant associations: Alnus spp. (alders) and Salix spp. (willows)

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