Empria liturata

A black sawfly with pairs of white patches on tergites 2 to 5. Claws simple or sometimes with a tiny inner tooth. Antennal segment 8 is less than 3 times as long as broad. Front of clypeus only shallowly incised and with the outer teeth rounded apically. Tegulae usually black. Frontal furrow of the head reaches from ocelli to the antennae.

Note that in Benson's key, he states that Empria liturata male genitalia is as per tridens. However, this is incorrect (Prous, M. pers. comms.).

Empria liturata larvae feed on Meadowsweet, strawberries and avens.

Jump to other Empria species

Size: 5.5 - 7mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Filipendula ulmaria, Fragaria spp., and Geum spp. (strawberries and avens)


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.