Euura obducta - Hidden Grass Nematine

Males are very rare. The species is largely black above and green below. The lower face of the male is white and in the female also often the mandible base, the labrum, sometimes the anterior margin of the clypeus, the posterior margin of the pronotum, the tegulae (always in the female, mostly in the male). The legs whitish usually on the coxae, base of the femora. Rarely the hind leg is completely black with the tip of the tibiae blackish or brownish and the tarsi often brown. Mostly the temples of the male are slightly translucent.

Euura obducta larvae feed on grasses including meadow grass and fescues.

Size: 4.0 - 5.5mm.

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: Multivoltine, April to September

Plant associations: Gramineae including Poa spp. and Festuca spp. (grasses including meadow grass and fescues). Also carex spp. (sedges).


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