Pristiphora cincta - 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.
Size: 5.5 - 6.5mm
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)
The National Biodiversity Network records are shown on the map below. (See terms and conditions)
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