Tenthredo temula

A black and yellow species, common in hedgerows. The antennae, pronotum and whole of thorax above are black. The fore wing stigma is dark but the costa is mainly yellow. The entire tergite 3 and sides of 4 are yellow creating an inverted "U".

Tenthredo temula larval foodplant is unknown but they feed on privet and majoram on the continent.

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Size: 10 - 12mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Unknown (Ligustrum, Origanum on the continent)


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

Fekete, K. (2018) Beginner’s guide to identifying British Tenthredo, Natural History Museum, London. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/content/dam/nhmwww/take-part/identification-trainers/sawflies-guide-id-trainees.pdf [Accessed 26Apr2019]