Sterictiphora angelicae

One of two species present in this genus. This species has black only on the 1st and 2nd tergites, whereas Sterictiphora geminata has an entirely black abdomen (males may be pale on the 1st tergite) with a bronze sheen. The thorax is orange, except for black on the mesosternum, and is shining without surface sculpture (geminata thorax has microsculpture between punctures and is black).

Sterictiphora angelicae larvae feed on brambles.

Jump to other Argidae

Status: Rare

Distribution: England, Wales

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Rubus spp. (brambles) (4)

References:

1. Benson, R.B., 1952. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Vol 6, Section 2(a-c), Royal Entomological Society, London

2. Liston, A. D. 1995: The identity of British Sterictiphora furcata auctt. (Hymenoptera, Argidae). - Entomologist's Gazette, Brightwood 46(4): 242

3. 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

4. Lorenz, H. and Kraus M., 1957. Die Larvalsystematik der Blattwespen (Tenthredinoidea und Megalodontoidea). - Abhandlungen zur Larvalsystematik der Insekten No. 1. Berlin: Akadamie - Verlag