A genus with 8 species globally distributed across the palaearctic and neotropical regions. The genus is absent from Ireland and represented in Britain by one species.

The genus Monardis run close to Cladardis in the Blennocampini and have the following characteristics. In the forewing, stub vein 3A is vaguely upturned at the apex. The pedicel is longer than broad. There is a measurable malar gap, which is little more than a line in Cladardis. The mesoscutellum has large, clearly defined punctures. In the female, the sawsheath dorsal face bears stout, blunt spines apically.

Larvae feed on unopened leaf and flower buds of Rosa species.

Species list:

Monardis plana (Klug, 1817)


Benson, R.B., 1952. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Vol 6, Section 2(a-c), Royal Entomological Society, London

Cingovski, J. 1978: [Monardis plana Kl. eine für die Fauna Mazedoniens neue Blattwespe (Hymenoptera, Symphyta).] (serbokroatisch). - Fragmenta Balcanica Musei Macedonici Scientiarum Naturalium, Skopje 10(10): 79-82

Gibbs, D. 2006: Rose Bud Sawfly, Monardis plana (Klug) (Hymenoptera: Tenthridinidae), new to Britain, discovered in South Wales. - British journal of entomology and natural history 19: 105-108

Liston A, Knight G, Sheppard D, Broad G, Livermore L (2014) Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Sawflies, ‘Symphyta’. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1168.