Pamphilius inanitus

Female: Head marked with dark yellow, black and ivory areas. The thorax is black but with tegulae and pronotal corners marked with yellow. Abdomen black with tergites 2 to 5 and apically orange-brown. The stigma of the forewing is bicolorous.

Male: Head black with yellow genae and temples. The underside of the thorax and abdomen is largely yellow. The abdomen is black with a varying amount of yellowish-brown at least on tergites 4 and 5 and the lateral faces of the following tergites. The stigma is less conspicuously bicolorous (basally brownish-yellow and apically light brown).

A single egg is laid on the underside of a rose leaflet. Pamphilius inanitus larvae feeds inside a leaf roll made by adding in other leaflets to form a cigar-like roll.

Jump to other Pamphiliidae

Size: 7 - 11mm

Status: Uncommon, but widespread

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Rosa spp. (thin-leaved roses) preferred (1) incl...
Rosa majalis (cinnamon rose) (3)
Rosa spinosissima (Burnet rose) (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.