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.
Larvae feed inside the developing fruits of pear trees.
Size: 5 - 5.5mm.
Flight period: Univoltine, April to May
Plant associations: Pyrus communis (pears).
Benson, R.B., 1952. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Vol 6, Section 2(a-c), Royal Entomological Society, London
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