Pristiphora leucopus - ruficornis group

This species cannot always be separated from Pristiphora armata. Males are not recorded from Britain. In the females, the femora is predominantly white though marked with varying degrees of black. Determination of the females, is best done by examination of the saw.

Pristiphora leucopus larvae feed on small-leaved limes and common lime. The only Pristiphora species to feed on Tilia.

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Size: 4.75 - 5.0mm

Status: Data deficient

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to August

Plant associations: Tilia cordata and Tilia vulgaris (small-leaved lime and common lime)


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