Empria fletcheri - Fletcher's Dawn-treader

A seemingly rare northern species, with just seven records to date between Sutherland and Glasgow (Musgrove, 2023). 

A black sawfly with pairs of white patches on tergites 2 to 6 (or 7). The labrum, hind margin of pronotum are white. The tegulae are also marked with white. The clypeus is strongly punctured and with a large central tooth. Antennae about 2.5 times the breadth of the head. Claws with a small subbasal tooth (check all legs). The stigma is brown. In the female, the apical tergites are red-brown.

Empria fletcheri larvae feed on birches, especially Downy Birch and Dwarf Birch.

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Size: 6 - 7mm

GB IUCN Status: Data Deficient
GB Rarity Status: Nationally Rare

Distribution: Scotland

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Birches, especially Downy Birch (Betula  pubescens) and Dwarf Birch (Betula nana).


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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.

Prous, M. 2012: Taxonomy and phylogeny of the sawfly genus Empria (Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae). - Dissertationes Biologicae Universitatis Tartuensis, Tartu 222: 192 pp.