Euura scutellata - Shielded Spruce Nematine,  Shielded Spruce Sawfly 

Greenish-yellow in life. The dorsal face of the antennae are black, the postocellar area, more or less the mesonotum and the scutellum. The abdominal dorsum is usually with two rows of black spots, but often more or less black. On the legs the apices of the hind tibiae and tarsi are blackish. In the male the scutellum is dark with a pale anterior margin.

Euura scutellata larvae feed on spruces.

Size: 7.0 - 9.0mm.

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: Assumed April to September

Plant associations: Picea spp. (spruces)


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