There are considered to be 10 species of Dineura primarily distributed across the palaearctic region with one species in the nearctic. There are 3 species present in Britain and Ireland.

The Dineura are best keyed using Liston et al, 2019. The wing venation is variable across the genus and in the forewing vein 2r-rs can be present or absent from the marginal cell and the intercostal vein Sc is usually located distal to the point where vein M joins vein R. The anal cell is widely divided into a basal and apical portion but the basal sector is open. The tarsal claws lack any basal lobe.

Larvae feed on the leaves of Betulaceae and Rosaceae species.

Species list:

Dineura stilata (Klug, 1816)

Dineura testaceipes (Klug, 1816)

Dineura virididorsata (Retzius, 1783)


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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.

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Togashi, I. 1995: A New Sawfly Belonging to the Genus Dineura Dahlbom (Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae) from Japan. - Japanese Journal of Systematic Entomology, Matsuyama 1(2): 169-173

Togashi, I. 1997: A New Species of Dineura Dahlbom (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae) Feeding on Quercus dentata Thunberg (Dicotyledoneae: Fagaceae) from Japan. - Japanese Journal of Entomology, Tokyo 65(1): 195-198