Euura vittata - Striped Willow Nematine

A species that is very variable in colour. In the female, the top of the head, the mesopleura and mesonotum are reddish-brown whilst the lower part of the face, the pronotum and the underside of the abdomen are green (all marked with black) fading to yellow. The sawsheath viewed from above is slightly emarginate each side of the middle.

The male has the inner orbits and most of the sternites infuscated. Mesopleura dull.

Euura vittata larvae feed on creeping and other willows.

Size: Female: 6.0 - 7.0mm, male: 5.0 - 6.0mm.

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to June

Plant associations: Salix spp. incl Salix repens (willows incl. creeping willow)


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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