Euura vaga - Wandering Sedge Nematine

In life the pale parts are green. Otherwise the species is black with light yellow on the labrum, mandible base, back corners of the Pronotum and tegulae. On the abdomen the lateral faces of the tergite, most of the ninth tergite and the underside are pale. Often a small temporal spot on the head and the upper corner of the eye and the rear orbits are brownish. The base of the coxae are black, the apices of the trochanter are whitish, the tibiae are yellowish, and the apices of the hind tibiae and tarsi are brown.

Euura vaga larval food plants are uncertain but reportedly reared from sedges and willows.

Size: 6.0 - 7.0mm.

Status: Widespread

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to August

Plant associations: Uncertain but reportedly reared from Carex spp. and Salix spp. (sedges and willows)


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