Wheat Stem Borer - Cephus pygmeus


    The abdomen is long and thin and is black with narrow yellow bands. The wings are clear with a dark stigma.


    Around fields where wheat is grown.

    When to see it

    Peak is June and July.

    Life History

    The larvae bore into the stems of wheat and a few other cereals and grasses.

    UK Status

    Widespread and thought to be fairly frequent in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map