Empria candidata (Fallén, 1808)

Empria candidata

A black sawfly with pairs of white patches on tergites 2 to 5 (or to 7). Head with white inner and outer eye orbits. In the female, the clypeus, genae and mesopleura pale marked as are the apical margins of the tergites.

Larvae feed on birches.

 

Size: 6 - 8mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Betula spp. (birches)

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

Prous, Marko & Heidemaa, Mikk & Soon, Villu. (2011). Empria longicornis species group: Taxonomic revision with notes on phylogeny and ecology (Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae). Zootaxa. 2756. 1-39. 10.11646/zootaxa.2756.1.1.