Pamphilius fumipennis

Predominantly black with yellow legs. The antennal scape is entirely yellow (unlike in the similar Pamphilius sylvaticus).

Pamphilius fumipennis larvae feed singly in leaf rolls created by cutting through the veins near to the midrib of the leaf. The rolls are typically cylindrical. The larvae feed from the cut end of the tube along the leaf blade. Larvae are green with a light brown head which turns green in the final instar. On the continent, grey alder is the preferred foodplant but in Britain the associate foodplant is usually hazel. Grey alder is now widely planted in Britain in amenity landscaping projects.

Jump to other Pamphiliidae

Size: 8 - 11mm

Status: Uncommon

Distribution: England, Wales

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Corylus avellana (hazel) (1)and Alnus incana (grey alder) (3)


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

2. Liston A, Knight G, Sheppard D, Broad G, Livermore L (2014) Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Sawflies, ‘Symphyta’. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1168.

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