Paracharactus gracilicornis (Zaddach, 1859

Paracharactus gracilicornis

The head, thorax and abdomen are black with the labrum being yellowish-white. The legs are generally black with brown knees and tibiae.

Larvae feed on moschatel, eating from the margins of the leaf first.


Size: 5 - 6mm

Status: Rare

Distribution: England, Wales

Flight period: late March to April

Plant associations: Adoxa moschatellina (moschatel)


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.