Euura myosotidis - Vetchling Nematine

The head and thorax are black with yellow on the labrum, mostly more or less the upper corner of the eye and in the male mostly the posterior orbits, posterior corners of the pronotum, the tegulae, and sometimes the mesopleura. The abdomen is yellow with a more or less broad black streak on the dorsum, rarely only the basal tergites are blackened. The legs are yellow. Rarely, the hind legs are blackened at the tip.

Euura myosotidis larvae feed on vetches, Common Sainfoin and clovers.

Size: 6.0 - 7.0mm.

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to August

Plant associations: Lathyrus pratensis, Onobrychis viciifolia and Trifolium spp. (Meadow Vetchling, Common Sainfoin and clovers).


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