Pristicampus arcticus (Lindqvist, 1958)

Pristicampus arcticus

An alpine species only found occasionally in Scotland on high ground. The species was originally described within the Mesoseura genus as the type specimen had aberrant venation, something which is not uncommon in arctic species. It is a slender, dark species.

Pristicampus arcticus larvae feed on shrubby cinquefoil.

Size: 4 - 5mm

Status: Rare

Distribution: Scotland

Flight period: July

Plant associations: Potentilla fruticosa (shrubby cinquefoil)


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.