Pristiphora ruficornis - ruficornis group
This species is similar to Pristiphora melanocarpa but ruficornis has paler antennae at least ventrally. Males are best determined by examination of the penis valves. Determination of the females, is best done by examination of the saw which has setae on the six apical segments.
Pristiphora ruficornis larvae feed on downy birch.
Size: 4.0 - 5.5mm
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Flight period: May to July
Plant associations: Betula pubescens (downy birch)
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