Xiphydria prolongata (Geoffroy, 1785)

Xiphydria prolongata

The willow wood-wasp is one of three species in the genus in Britain. Xiphydria prolongata is the only one of the three species to have a red girdle on the abdomen covering at least tergite four. The abdomen also has lateral white spots.

Larvae bore into the wood of ailing or dead willows.

Size: 6 - 18mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Wales

Flight period: June to August

Plant associations: Salix spp. (willows)

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

Shaw, M. R. & Liston, A. D. 1985: Xiphydria longicollis (Geoffroy) (Hymenoptera: Xiphydriidae) new to Britain. - Entomologist's Gazette, Faringdon 36: 233-235