Abia sericea

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Abia sericea
Cimbicidae - Abia sericea (female).JPG
Female of Abia sericea feeding on Ferulago campestris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Symphyta
Superfamily: Tenthredinoidea
Family: Cimbicidae
Genus: Abia
Species: A. sericea
Binomial name
Abia sericea
(Linnaeus 1767)

Abia sericea, common name Club Horned Sawfly or Scabious Sawfly, is a species of sawflies belonging to the family Cimbicidae.[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species can be found in most of European countries.[2] It mainly occurs in wet meadows and forests, but its narrow habitat is restricted to the range of its host plant.[3][4][5]


Abia sericea can reach a length of 10–12 millimetres (0.39–0.47 in).[3] The adults have a large body with a showy metallic green-golden or bronze abdomen. The thorax is black, with bluish sheen and it is slightly hairy. Wings are transparent, with brown markings in the middle. Antennae are yellow-reddish, while other species in this genus have totally or partially black antennae. Legs are yellow, with black thighs at their base.[6][7]

Larvae of Abia sericea


Adults can be seen from May to October feeding on nectar of Devil's-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis), of Ferulago campestris and of the Giant Fennel (Ferula communis).[3]

Larva can reach a length of about 30 millimetres (1.2 in). They have a sandy background colour with black and yellow spots. They are oligophagous, mainly feeding between June and September on Devil's-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis), Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis), cream scabious (Scabiosa ochroleuca ) and on various Dipsacus species.[8][4][5]


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