Pristiphora brevis - rufipes group
The species separations in the rufipes group are unclear. One of two species in Britain and Ireland that feed on meadow-rue, the other being thalictri. The species are predominantly black bodied. Females of species in this group all have a distinct scopa on the apex of the sawsheath. Males and females of brevis and thalictri cannot be separated other than by DNA analysis at this time.
Pristiphora brevis larvae feed on common meadow rue.
Size: 4.5 - 5.5mm
Status: Data deficient
Distribution: England, Ireland
Flight period: Assumed May to August
Plant associations: Thalictrum flavum (Common meadow-rue)
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