Phylloecus xanthostoma

Possibly less common than the similar Phylloecus linearis. The face has a few punctures (absent in linearis), an insignificant interantennal furrow and a fourth antennal segment at most 0.66 times the length of the third.

Phylloecus xanthostoma larvae inhabit the stems of meadowsweet.

Jump to other Cephidae

Size: 12 - 18mm.

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales

Flight period: May to August

Plant associations: Filipendula ulmaria (meadowsweet) (1)


(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.