Endelomyia aethiops (Gmelin, 1790)

Endelomyia aethiops

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

Status: common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Rosa spp. (roses)


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