Pristiphora pallidiventris - Yellow-bellied Sawyer
Pristiphora pallidiventris

In the female, this species is rather variable and the abdomen can range from nearly completely black to completely yellow. The sawsheath is broad and apically emarginate when viewed from above. Males can be distinguished by the penis valves.

Pristiphora pallidiventris larvae feed on meadowsweet, wood avens, water avens, raspberry and brambles.

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Size: 4.5 - 5.5mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to June and July to September

Plant associations: Filipendula ulmaria, Geum urbanum, Geum rivale, Rubus idaeus and Rubus fruticosus (meadowsweet, wood avens, water avens, raspberry and brambles)


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