Pristiphora rufipes Serville, 1823

Pristiphora rufipes - rufipes group

The species separations in the rufipes group are unclear. Only this Pristiphora species in Britain and Ireland feeds on columbine. The species are predominantly black bodied. Females of species in this group all have a distinct scopa on the apex of the sawsheath. Males and females of the rufipes group cannot be separated other than by food plant and DNA analysis at this time.

Pristiphora rufipes larvae feed on columbines.

Size: 4.5 - 5.5mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland

Flight period: May to September

Plant associations: Aquilegia vulgaris and Aquilegia olympica (columbines)

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