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Abia sericea

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Kingdom  Animalia
Suborder  Symphyta
Family  Cimbicidae
Genus  Abia
Order  Hymenopterans
Class  Insecta
Superfamily  Tenthredinoidea
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Species
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Similar  Abia, Hymenopterans, Cimbicidae, Abia lonicerae, Cimbex connatus

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



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.

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).

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.

Distribution and habitat

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


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