Pristiphora melanocarpa - Dark Birch Sawyer
Pristiphora ruficornis

This species is similar to Pristiphora ruficornis but melanocarpa has darker antennae. Males are best determined by examination of the penis valves. Determination of the females is best done by examination of the saw which lacks any setae on the lateral faces of the six apical segments.

Pristiphora melanocarpa larvae feed on silver birch, downy birch and dwarf birch. The female inserts ova into the leaf margins. 

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Size: 4.0 - 5.5mm

Status: Widespread

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to June

Plant associations: Betula pendula, Betula pubescens and Betula nana (silver birch, downy birch and dwarf birch)


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

Prous, M., Vikberg, V., Liston, A. and Kramp, K., 2016. North-western Palaearctic species of the Pristiphora ruficornis group (Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 51