Pristiphora conjugata - Poplar Sawyer
Species not placed in a group

This species has a bicoloured stigma though this is not pronounced in the male. It is possible that two species reside within conjugata. However, variation in the morphology is continuous across specimens from poplar and those of willow. That said, males reared from willow have a predominantly black propleuron, whereas males reared from poplar have an extensively pale propleuron. Males are best determined by examination of the penis valves.

Pristiphora conjugata larvae feed socially (conjugata means "coupled together") on black poplar, aspen, white willow, goat willow, grey willow, crack willow and bay willow. Ova are deposited at the leaf margin and the larvae eat the leaf blade uniformly from the margin.

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Size: 5.5 - 6.5mm

Status: Widespread

Distribution: England, Ireland

Flight period: April to June and July to August

Plant associations: Populus nigra, Populus tremula, Salix alba, Salix caprea, Salix cinerea, Salix fragilis and Salix pentandra (black poplar, aspen, white willow, goat willow, grey willow, crack willow and bay willow)


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