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.
Larvae feed on small-leaved limes and common lime. The only Pristiphora species to feed on Tilia.
Size: 4.75 - 5.0mm
Status: Data deficient
Distribution: England, Scotland
Flight period: May to August
Plant associations: Tilia cordata and Tilia vulgaris (small-leaved lime and common lime)
The National Biodiversity Network records are shown on the map below. (See terms and conditions)
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