Gilpinia virens

The female's inner apical spur of the hind tibia is shaped like a scale. Apex of the sawsheath in dorsal view is much broader than the apical breadth of the hind tibia. The underside of the thorax is dark and the head has a dark band reaching from eye to eye. The stigma and costa are yellow. Antennae 18 segmented.
The male pronotum is broadly margined with yellow. The apical 3 tergites are almost entirely red as well as the whole of the underside.

Larvae of Gilpinia virens are solitary feeders on pines, especially Scots pine.

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Size: 7 - 9mm

Status: Rare

Distribution: England

Flight period: May to July

Plant associations: Pinus spp., especially sylvestris (Scots pine)


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

Hanski, I., 1987. Pine sawfly population dynamics: patterns, processes, problems. Oikos, pp.327-335.

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