Pristiphora brevis - Cryptic Meadow Rue Sawyer
Pristiphora rufipes

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.

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Size: 4.5 - 5.5mm

Status: Data deficient

Distribution: England, Ireland

Flight period: Assumed May to August

Plant associations: Thalictrum flavum (Common meadow-rue)


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.

Prous, M., Kramp, K., Vikberg, V. and Liston, A., 2017. North-Western Palaearctic species of Pristiphora (hymenoptera, tenthredinidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 59