Monophadnus pallescens (Gmelin, 1790)

Monophadnus pallescens

Males are rare. A small black sawfly with a brownish labrum and yellowish-white tibiae, tarsi and apices of the femora of all legs.

Monophadnus pallescens larvae feed on meadow and creeping buttercups and pupate under ground.

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Size: 5 - 6mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to June

Plant associations: Ranunculus acris and Ranunculus repens (meadow and creeping buttercup)


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.