Euura lichtwardti - Lichtwardt's Grass Nematine

A broadly black insect with yellow-brown on the tip of the mandible, the labrum, the tegulae, more or less the apical tergite and the hypopygium. On the legs the coxae are black with brownish apices; the trochanters are more or less brown; the femora black with yellow-brown apices. Often the basal half of the legs is black, the tibiae are light yellow-brown darkened apically and on the tarsi. In males, the shape of the procidentia (anchor-shaped with a raised apical rim) and the penis valve are diagnostic.

Euura litchwardti larvae feed on grasses.

Size: 5.5 - 6.5mm.

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to May

Plant associations: Gramineae (grasses)


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