Pristiphora carinata (Hartig, 1837)

Pristiphora carinata - Pristiphora carinata group

The stigma is always pale and the hind femur usually infuscated. The scutellum is glossy and virtually impunctate. The sawsheath is tapered and more or less triangular when viewed from above. The female is best determined by the characteristics of the saw. Males are best determined by the penis valve.

Larvae feed on bilberry and is therefore associated with moorlands and heaths.

 

Size: Assumed 5.5 - 7.5mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales

Flight period: May to July

Plant associations: Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry)

References:

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. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.2.e1168

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