Euura smithae - Smith's Sedge Nematine

A rare species of the arctic-alpine zone. Only the male is known in Britain. Black but marked with pale on the labrum, clypeus, apices of the femora, tibiae, tarsi, and the sides of the apical tergite and hypopygium.

Euura smithae larval food plants are unknown but associated with sedges.

Size: 6.5mm.

Status: Rare

Distribution: England, Scotland

Flight period: Assumed April to September

Plant associations: Unknown but associated with Carex spp. (associated with sedges)


Benson, R.B., 1952. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Vol 6, Section 2(a-c), Royal Entomological Society, London

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Muche, W.H., 1974. Die Nematinengattungen Pristiphora Latreille, Pachynematus Konow und Nematus Panzer (Hym., Temthredinidae). Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, 21(1/3), pp.1-137.

Prous, M., Liston, A., Kramp, K., Savina, H., Vårdal, H. and Taeger, A., 2019. The West Palaearctic genera of Nematinae (Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae). ZooKeys, 875, p.63-127