Athalia circularis

    Description

    Length 5 to 8 mm. This sawfly has an orange abdomen and black on the top of the thorax. The clypeus has a sub-truncate lower edge and the female saw has very shallow teeth. There are other very similar species and detailed examination is necessary to determine the species.

    Similar Species

    Other Athalia species.

    Photo ID?
    ID guidance
    • some black on the thorax sides, little underneath
    • saw with shallow, pointed teeth
    • clypeus square-edged (sub-truncate)
    • front tibiae usually without fuscous apices
    Recording advice

    Microscopic examination of the specimen is necessary. Records should include a comment about the ID methodology used and the key features.

    Habitat

    Mainly in wet places.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on the leaves of various plants including Ground-ivy, Plantago and Veronica species

    UK Status

    Common

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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