Kaliofenusa pusilla agg.

Alternative names
Fenusa (Kaliofenusa) ulmi (Sundevall, 1847)

The taxonomy of the sawflies feeding on Ulmus is problematic and unresolved at present. Some authors e.g. Lacourt (2020) consider all the Ulmus feeding leafminers belong to one species - Kaliofenusa pusilla. Fenusa ulmi was recorded in Ireland (2004, Knight) as K. pusilla. In Europe there are at most two species on Elm, F. ulmi and F. altenhoferi and we have decided to treat these as K. pusilla agg. until such time as the taxonomy is resolved. We have provided links to other sites covering this problem.   The species is most likely to be recorded from the leafmine produced by the larva which is a full depth blotch mine on Elm. 

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Any records of sawfly mines on Elm should be submitted as Kaliofenusa pusilla agg. But please state whether the mine was found on Wych Elm or one on the small leaved elms such as English Elm.


Where Elm, the larval foodplant is present.

When to see it

The mines occur from early summer once Elm is in leaf.

UK Status

Status in Britain is difficult to determine due to the problems of identification.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map