Arge melanochra


Length: 7 to 8 mm. Orange bodied with a black head and thorax.

Similar Species

Superficially similar to the Bramble Sawfly, Arge cyanocrocea, but the coloured stigma is smaller and more spot like.


Found in areas where Hawthorn is present.

When to see it


Life History

Associated with Hawthorn.

UK Status

Infrequent and local in Britain and with a very southerly distribution.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Leire record of 8th July 2012 is the first record for VC55.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map