One of the dark abdomened Hoplocampa species. The fore wing stigma is slightly darker at the base than at the apex. Males are unknown in Britain. In the female the ovipositor is as long as the hind tibia. The head is almost entirely light brown and there are brown patches on the lobes of the mesoscutum and scutellum. Wing venation yellow.
First recorded in two gardens in Cambridge in 1934 and then a severe infestation occured in pear orchards in Kent in 1949, but very few records since.
Hoplocampa brevis larvae feed inside the developing fruits of pear trees.
Size: 5 - 5.5mm.
Flight period: Univoltine, April to May
Plant associations: Pyrus communis (pears).
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