Hartigia xanthostoma

    Description

    Quite a large sawfly (to15 mm or more). The pronotum is entirely black except the yellow apical border. –The face is also generally black though may have minor yellow spotting. The long, slender black abdomen is striped with whitish or pale yellow bands and the wing has a long brown shaded stigma. The tibia and tarsi of the legs are yellow.

    Similar Species

    Hartigia species look similar to Calameuta. There are three British Hartigia species:

    H. nigra lacks any yellow on the pronotum.

    H. linearis has a tellow face.

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    Habitat

    Flower rich areas, particularly areas where Meadowsweet is found.

    When to see it

    Summer.

    Life History

    Larvae feed within the stems of Meadowsweet.

    UK Status

    Scarce with fewer than 50 records on NBN by mid 2014.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Ketton record of 13th June 2014 is the first for VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map