Pristiphora tetrica - Sullen Sawyer
Pristiphora depressa

Added to the UK list in 2023 after a female was found by Martin Greenland in Norfolk. It is unclear whether or not this is an introduced species or an overlooked native. The head in dorsal view is black, as are the thorax, the basal abdominal tergites and the legs for the most part. The black supraclypeal area distinguishes this species from depressa and subbifida and the colour pattern is characteristic, at least in the Northern Palaearctic.  Both genders can be confirmed by genitalia extraction.

Pristiphora tetrica larvae feed singly on Sycamore and Cretan Maple where planted, eating from the leaf edge.

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Size: 5.0 - 7.0mm

Status: Scarce

Distribution: England

Flight period: May to July

Plant associations: Acer pseudoplatanus  (Sycamore) and Acer sempervirens (Cretan Maple)


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