A black sawfly with pairs of white patches on tergites 2 to 5 (or 6). The labrum, hind margin of pronotum are white. The tegulae are also marked with white. The clypeus is deeply incised in front to about half its length and with a small middle tooth (one fifth the length of the lateral teeth). Antennae about 2 to 2.5 times the breadth of the head. Claws with a large, thin inner tooth.
Empria excisa larvae feed on Rubus species and dropwort.
Size: 6 - 8mm
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Flight period: May to July
Plant associations: Rubus spp. and Filipendula vulgaris (raspberry,brambles, etc. and dropwort)
The National Biodiversity Network records are shown on the map below. (See terms and conditions)
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
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