Pamphilius albopictus (Thomson, 1871)

Pamphilius albopictus

Males are unknown. Females are mottled black and ivory-yellow. Thorax is black with yellow and ivory mottling. Wing venation is mostly brown but the costa and subcosta are yellowish. Stigma is light brown. Added to the British list in 1998.

Pamphilius albopictus larvae feed singly on bird cherry leaves which are rolled downwards parallel to the mid-vein.

Jump to other Pamphiliidae

Size: 7 - 10mm

Status: Rare

Distribution: Scotland

Flight period: June to July

Plant associations: Prunus padus (bird cherry)


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

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