Pristiphora cincta - Banded Sawyer
Species not placed in a group

More than one species may be concealed within Pristiphora cincta. Possibly a lowland species feeding on birch and a highland species feeding on bilberry. The female abdomen is red girdles on up to four middle tergites. Males often have a red girdle on the abdomen (lowland specimens?) but are best determined by examination of the penis valves.

Pristiphora cincta larvae feed on downy birch, willows, bilberry and bog bilberry.

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Size: 5.5 - 6.5mm

Status: Widespread

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to June

Plant associations: Betula pubescens, Salix spp., Vaccinium myrtillus and Vaccinium uliginosum (downy birch, willows, bilberry and bog bilberry)


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