Dolerus niger


Length about mm. One of several very similar all black sawflies. Detailed examination is needed for a secure identification.

Photo ID?

Various habitats including grassland and hedgerows.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History

Whilst the larvae are associated with several grasses, the adults are nectar feeders visiting flowers such as umbellifers.

UK Status

Widespread in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map