Neurotoma saltuum (Linnaeus, 1758)

Neurotoma saltuum

Females are a broadly dull dark insect with yellow on the head between the antennae and yellow also are the two basal antennal segments, tegulae, legs and posterolateral flecks on tergites 3 to 7. Darkness of the abdomen is variable from black to yellowish-brown.

Males are lighter and have the face and forward parts of the frons yellow with the genae more or less black. The abdomen is often an orangey-brown colour.

Neurotoma saltuum larvae feed in communal webs of up to 60 individuals.

Jump to other Pamphiliidae

Size: Male: 9 - 12mm, Female: 10 - 14mm

Status: Locally frequent

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Rosaceae incl. Pyrus communis, Crataegus spp., Prunus spp. and Mespilus spp. (rosaceous plants incl. pear, hawthorn, plum, medlar, etc.)

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

Viitasaari, M. ed., 2002. Sawflies (Hymenoptera, Symphyta), I: a review of the suborder, the Western Palaearctic taxa of Xyeloidea and Pamphilioidea. Tremex Press.