Corynis obscura

Only known in Britain from an unverified record from Lincolnshire in the late 18th to early 19th century. Found across Scandinavia and central Europe, rarely on the near continent. A small black species with dark legs.

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Size: 6 - 10mm

Status: Extinct in Britain

Distribution: Possible record from England in late 18th Century/ early 19th Century

Flight period: May to August

Plant associations: Not known. On the continent Geranium sylvaticum (Wood Crane's-bill)


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.

Liston, A. D. 1997: Discovery of the larval hostplant of Corynis crassicornis (Rossi) (Hym., Cimbicidae: Coryninae), and notes on the species natural history. - Sawfly News. - Chalastos, Daibersdorf., Daibersdorf 1 (3): 22-25

Viitasaari, M. 1989: Taxonomic notes on the genus Trichiosoma Leach (Hymenoptera, Cimbicidae) II. - Annales Entomologici Fennici, Helsinki 55 (3): 111-129