Genus Fenusa


A genus of around fifteen species with a holarctic distribution. In Britain and Ireland the Fenusa are represented by two species.

The genus Fenusa can be characterised within the Fenusini by the following features. The antennae are nine segmented with the third segment longer than the fourth and the pedicel about as long as it is broad. The malar gap is less than the diameter of the front ocellus. The post-genal carina and the prepectus are both absent. In the forewing, the anal cell is complete with a small basal portion. Vein 2r joins RS distal to 3rm. The hind wing venation is simple with no enclosed cells. On the hind legs, the fourth tarsomere is strongly, apically produced beneath the fifth. The tarsal claws are simple. On the fore and middle legs, the tarsi are similar in length to their corresponding tibiae.

Larvae feed inside blister mines in the leaves of members of the Betulaceae family and shrubby members of the Rosaceae.

Species list:

Fenusa dohrnii (Tischbein, 1846)

Fenusa pumila Leach, 1817


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Smith, D. R.; Altenhofer, E. 2011: The second record of a sawfly leafminer on Rosa, a new species of Fenusa (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae). - Proceedings of the entomological Society of Washington, Washington 113(1): 57-60.