|Female of Abia sericea feeding on Ferulago campestris|
Distribution and habitat
Abia sericea can reach a length of 10–12 millimetres (0.39–0.47 in). 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.
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.
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- Fauna Europaea
- Harizanova V, Stoeva A, Rector B (2012) Host range testing and biology of Abia sericea (Cimbicidae), a candidate for biological control of invasive teasels (Dipsacus spp.) in North America. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 28: 1-11.
- Study on the biology of Abia sericea (L.) (Hymenoptera: Cimbicidae) - a candidate for biological control of teasel (Dipsacus spp.).
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- Charles Frederick Partington The British Encyclopædia of Natural History
- John Grearson Recording some easily-identified sawfly larvae in Wiltshire
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