Pristiphora mollis (Hartig, 1837)

Pristiphora mollis - Species not placed in a group

The head and abdomen are mostly dark above and usually with the hind tarsus pale. Males are best determined by examination of the penis valves.

Pristiphora mollis larvae feed solitarily on bilberry and bog bilberry in upland areas.

Size: 6.0 - 7.5mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to July

Plant associations: Vaccinium myrtillus and Vaccinium uliginosum (bilberry and bog bilberry)

References:

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. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.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