Taxonus agrorum (Fallén, 1808)

Taxonus agrorum

The abdomen is black with a red girdle on tergites 3 to 4 (or 5). On the legs, the coxae are black with white apices. The front legs have more or less black femora, a black line on the hind face of the tibia and tarsi, but are otherwise red. On the hind legs the coxae are black and white, and the apex of the hind tibia and most of the hind tibiae are black. The wings are hyaline with a dark stigma and venation.

Taxonus agrorum larvae feed on raspberry leaves.

Size: 8 - 10mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Rubus idaeus (raspberry)

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