Urocerus fantoma

Not established in Britain or Ireland. A rare introduction in imported timber.

The female has an orange brown abdomen with a black band across tergites 6 and 7. Very similar to Urocerus augur and can only be separated by having a very small inner tooth on the tarsal claw, which is larger in U. augur.

Urocerus fantoma larvae feed in timber of coniferous trees and take 2 to 3 years to develop.

Jump to other Urocerus species

Size: 12 - 40mm

Status: Not established, occasionally introduced.

Distribution: Not established

Flight period: June to October

Plant associations: Pinaceae (coniferous trees) (1) including...

Abies spp. (firs) (3)
Picea spp. (spruces) (3)
Larix spp. (larches) (3)

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, 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

3. Liston, A. D. 1995: Compendium of European Sawflies. List of species, modern nomenclature, distribution, foodplants, identification literature. - Gottfrieding, Chalastos Forestry : 1-190