Metallus albipes (Cameron, 1875)

Metallus albipes

Males are unknown. Abdomen entirely black or dark and the legs entirely white. Adults are elusive but prefer shade.

Larvae mine the leaves of raspberry and blackberry plants. Mines similar to Metallus pumilus. Larvae without a black spot under the first abdominal segment.

 

Size: 2.5 - 4mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland

Flight period: Bivoltine, May to June, July to August

Plant associations: Rubus idaeus and Rubus fruticosus (raspberry and blackberry)

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