Selandria melanosterna (Serville, 1823)

Selandria melanosterna

Coloured orange and black as per Selandria serva. The third antennal segment is longer than the three apical segments combined. Larger than serva and much less common.

Larvae feed on various sedges, grasses and rushes.

 

Size: 8 - 14mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales

Flight period: Bivoltine, May to September

Plant associations: Cyperaceae, Gramineae and Juncaceae (sedges, grasses and rushes)

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