Historically, this species has been confused with P. festivus, but examination of specimens in British collections has revealed the presence of only P. betulae.
The female has an orange-yellow head with a black patch around the ocelli. The thorax is black with only the tegulae and pronotum marked yellow. The abdomen is mostly yellow, but tergite 1 is black. Venation and stigma mostly yellow with the wings darkened below the stigma.
The male head is divided yellow anteriorly and black posteriorly. The thorax is black dorsally and the abdomen is brownish-yellow with black more or less on the first three tergites and apically.
Larvae feed in leaf rolls on young and small poplar and aspen trees.
Size: Male: 10 - 13mm, Female 11 - 16mm
Distribution: England (Scotland?)
Flight period: May to July
Plant associations: Populus spp. (poplar species including aspen, black poplar and white poplar)
The National Biodiversity Network records are shown on the map below. (See terms and conditions)
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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