Euura pavida - Pavid Willow Nematine

In the female the head is yellow with a variable amount of black from only the anterior of the postocellar area to almost entirely black on top. In the male the top of the head is almost always black, except usually a spot on the top corner of the eye and the orbits. The thorax is black with yellow on the pronotum, the tegulae and the metapleura. On the abdomen the basal tergite is more or less black with the following tergite blackened more or less in the middle. Otherwise the abdomen is yellow. The legs are yellow, with the hind tibiae often with a small black spot and darkened tarsi.

Euura pavida larvae feed on willow, poplar and alder.

Size: Female: 6.0 - 7.0mm, male: 6.0 - 7.0mm.

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to June, July to September

Plant associations: Populus spp., Salix spp. and Alnus glutinosa (willows, poplars and alder)


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