Empria sexpunctata - 6-spot Dawn-treader

Recorded widely across much of mainland Britain, more frequently in the south (Musgrove, 2023).

Wings slightly infuscated. Paired pale patches on tergites 2 to 4 (or 5 in the male). Claws with a strong inner tooth. Antennae longer than the abdomen in the male and as long as the abdomen in the female.

Empria sexpunctata larvae feed on water avens.

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Size: Approx. 6 - 7.5mm

GB IUCN Status: Least Concern
GB Rarity Status: None

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Geum rivale (water 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

Musgrove, A.J. 2023. A review of the status of sawflies of Great Britain - Phase 2: The Athaliidae and the Tenthredinidae (excluding Nematinae). Natural England, unpublished

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