Pareophora pruni

Recorded only sparingly but from across much of England north to Cumbria; no records from Wales or Scotland to date. Many of the records are from recent decades (Musgrove, 2023).

The head and thorax are black as are the stigma and costa of the fore wing. The abdomen is yellow apart from the first tergite and the apex.

Pareophora pruni larvae feed on blackthorn.

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Size: 5 - 6mm

GB IUCN Status: Least Concern
GB Rarity Status: None

Distribution: England, Ireland

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Prunus spinosa (blackthorn)


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.

Musgrove, A.J. 2023. A review of the status of sawflies of Great Britain - Phase 2: The Athaliidae and the Tenthredinidae (excluding Nematinae). Natural England, unpublished