Tenthredo semicolon

One of five Tenthredo species with a band of white antennal segments: colon, fagi, ferruginea, livida, semicolon. In colon and semicolon the white is confined to at most segments six to eight. The stigma of the forewing is unicolorous brown and the costa yellowish-brown. The scutellum is black and never white marked. The metapleuron and lateral face of the first tergite are each white marked. The head above is mostly impunctate and shining black.

Tenthredo semicolon has previously been confused with colon but can be separated by having less sculpture on the mesopleura and mesosternum giving semicolon a more shiny appearance. In females, the basal sawteeth are diagnostic being pointed and strongly produced in semicolon and flattened in colon.

Larvae are unknown.

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Size: 10 - 12mm

Status: Rare

Distribution: England

Flight period: May? to August?

Plant associations: Unknown


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Taeger, A., 2013, The type specimens of Tenthredo Linnaeus, 1758 (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae) deposited in the Hungarian Natural History Museum, Zootaxa, 3626: 201–244.