Pristiphora appendiculata - Small Gooseberry Sawfly
Pristiphora ruficornis

Males are very rare. The tarsal claws lack a subapical tooth. The mesopostnotum and mesepisternum of the thorax are smooth. The abdomen is laterally and ventrally black as are tergites 2 to 6.

Pristiphora appendiculata larvae feed on mountain currant, redcurrant, gooseberry and flowering currant. A notorious pest of redcurrants.

Jump to other species of Pristiphora

Size: 4.5 - 5.5mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Ireland

Flight period: Multivoltine, April (occasionally March) to October

Plant associations: Ribes alpinum, Ribes rubrum, Ribes uva-crispa and Ribes sanguineum (mountain currant, redcurrant, gooseberry and flowering currant)


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Prous, M., Vikberg, V., Liston, A. and Kramp, K., 2016. North-western Palaearctic species of the Pristiphora ruficornis group (Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 51

Vikberg, V., Blank, S.M., Schmidt, S. and Taeger, A., 2006. Pristiphora Latreille, 1810 (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae: Nematinae)-two closely related species feeding on Lathyrus and Salix and notes on species feeding on leguminous plants. Recent Sawfly Research: Synthesis and Prospects. Goecke & Evers, Keltern, pp.105-128.