Pristiphora punctifrons (Thomson, 1871)

Pristiphora punctifrons - Species not placed in a group

Females can be distinguished by the very deep scopa of the sawsheath, mostly black dorsum and tarsal claws with a tiny subapical tooth. Males are very rare and are best determined by examination of the penis valves.

Pristiphora punctifrons larvae feed solitarily on dog rose and cinnamon rose.

Size: 4.0 - 5.0mm

Status: Widespread

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to June

Plant associations: Rosa canina and Rosa majalis (dog rose and cinnamon rose)


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Prous, M., Kramp, K., Vikberg, V. and Liston, A., 2017. North-Western Palaearctic species of Pristiphora (hymenoptera, tenthredinidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 59