A small species. Black except for yellowish-white knees and tibiae of the fore and middle legs. The wings are uniformly infuscate. Most often seen in the larval stage on garden roses.
Larvae skeletonise the leaves of rose bushes by feeding on the upper surface of the leaf only.
Size: 4 - 5mm
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Flight period: May to June
Plant associations: Rosa spp. (roses)
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