Periclista pubescens

Recorded widely across England and Wales north to Co Durham; no Scottish records at time of writing.

The head and the abdomen are generally dark as is the stigma. The thorax is dulled by very fine, shallow punctures. The antennae are longer than P. lineolata and segment 3 is equal to or shorter than segments 7 and 8 combined.

In the male, the tergites have pale apical margins. The legs have black femora, white tibiae (apically brown) and brown tarsi. In the female, the abdomen is laterally marked with reddish-yellow on the downturned face of each tergite and the femora and tibiae are mainly reddish-yellow.

Periclista pubescens larvae feed on sessile and English oak. Eggs are deposited into the unfurling leaf buds. This species has the longest branched bristles of the British species, with the bristles dorsally having the branches clearly shorter than the long stems. The anal segment has a single row of four spines. The central pair are forked and the outer pair are simple but may be angled.

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Size: 6 - 7mm

GB IUCN Status: Least Concern
GB Rarity Status: None

Distribution: England, Wales

Flight period: April to May

Plant associations: Quercus petraea and Quercus robur (sessile and English oak)


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