Macrophya albipuncta (Fallén, 1808)

Macrophya albipuncta

One of the smaller wholly black Macrophya species. This species has white marks on the sides of the apical margins of the tergites and the sternites. The stigma is pale-centred but with dark margins. The head is shining with sparse punctures.
Larvae are free feeding on crane's-bills.

Size: 6 - 8mm

Status: Local and rare(?)

Distribution: England, Scotland

Flight period: June

Plant associations: Geranium spp. (crane's-bills)

References:

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

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