One of three very similar species. This species is larger than Macrophya ribis and the head around the frons and temples is almost impunctate (in ribis, the head has dense, coarse punctures in these areas). The white on albicincta extends to the edge of the pronotum and the scutellum and also sometimes the first tergite (these are all black in ribis).
Macrophya alboannulata specimens have previously been identified as albicincta but were recognised by Liston and added to the checklist. The two species can be separated by the colouring on the hind trochanter and trochantellus. In albicincta the hind trochanters are predominantly black and the trochantellus usually white with a black spot, whereas in alboannulata the hind trochanters are predominantly marked with white and the trochantellus never has a black spot. In males the labrum of albicincta is at least darkened an the lateral edges to mostly black, whereas in alboannulata the labrum is at most slightly infuscated at the lateral margins.
Larvae feed on elders, common valerian and have been found on red valerian in Britain.
Size: 10 - 11mm
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales
Flight period: April to July
Plant associations: Sambucus nigra (elder), Valeriana officinalis (common valerian) and Centranthus ruber (red valerian)
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Liston, A.D., 1982. Distribution and ecology of the sawflies Macrophya alboannulata Costa and Macrophya albicincta (Schrank) in the West Palaearctic (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae). Faunistische Abhandlungen.
Liston A, Knight G, Sheppard D, Broad G, Livermore L (2014) Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Sawflies, ‘Symphyta’. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1168. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.2.e1168