Euura sylvestris - Fleur-de-lis Willow Nematine

Coloured green in life. Specimens need to be determined by examination of the saw or penis valve. The female is similar to Euura bergmanni and the oligospila group. They may be marked with black on the upper surface of the antennae, a small ocellar mark and a small spot behind the postocellar area, on the mesonotum, adjacent to the scutellum, the scutellar appendage, small dot-shaped spots in front of the scutellum and the abdomen which is mostly blackened only in the middle of the basal tergite. The male is like the female, but with black on a large frontal postocellar stain, the occipital area, most of the mesonotum, the scutellum and a broad streak on the dorsum of the abdomen.

Euura sylvestris larvae are undescribed but associated with willows and occasionally aspen.

Jump to other Euura bergmanni group species

Size: Female: 5.0 - 6.5mm, male: 5.0 - 6.0mm.

Status: Rare

Distribution: England, Scotland

Flight period: Assumed May to June, July to August

Plant associations: Salix spp. and Populus tremula (willows and aspen)


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