Megalodontes cephalotes - Moon-carrot Sawfly

This species is reported historically from only two locations near Bristol and Plymouth with no specimens found in any collections. Provenance is considered dubious.

Megalodontes cephalotes larvae feed on Apiaceae (umbellifers).

Size: 11 - 12mm

GB IUCN Status: Not Applicable
GB Rarity Status: Not Applicable

Distribution: Not Applicable

Flight period: unknown

Plant associations: Apiaceae including Peucedanum cervaria and Seseli libanotis (Moon-carrot).


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