Claremontia alchemillae (Cameron, 1877)

Claremontia alchemillae

Previously this taxon has been regarded as a synonym for either Claremontia tenuicornis or Claremontia uncta. The three species can be identified by the key in LIston et al, 2006. Historic records of Claremontia alchemillae should be viewed with doubt. In this species the mesopleura are continuously pubescent. The tegulae are more or less yellow and the pronotal angles are margined with yellow.

Larval food plant not known but associated with meadowsweet.

Size: Approx. 4 - 6mm

Status: Widespread

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: Probably April to August

Plant associations: Filipendula ulmaria (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

Liston, A.D., Taeger, A. and Blank, S.M., 2006. Comments on European Sawflies (Hymenoptera: Symphyta). Recent Sawfly Research: Synthesis and Prospects. Goecke & Evers, Keltern, pp.246.