Anntenae with segment 8 twice as long as broad. Female mainly piceous black with a white labrum and tegulae and off-white knees, tibiae and tarsi of all legs. The male is mainly yellow with white on the tegulae and the outer edges of pronotum and otherwise mostly black or piceous. Frons with a distinct carina enclosing a supra-antennal field below and almost enclosing a frontal area above (open at the top).
Larvae feed in mines in the leaves of birches especially hairy birch.
Size: Approx. 4 - 4.5mm
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Flight period: May to June
Plant associations: Betula spp. esp. Betula pubescens (birches esp. hairy birch)
The National Biodiversity Network records are shown on the map below. (See terms and conditions)
Benson, R.B., 1952. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Vol 6, Section 2(a-c), Royal Entomological Society, London
Liston A, Knight G, Sheppard D, Broad G, Livermore L (2014) Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Sawflies, ‘Symphyta’. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1168. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.2.e1168