Dolerus nitens

    Description

    8.5-10mm. There are many black Dolerus sawflies that all need microscopic examination as identification is based on the detailed features such as the shape of the sawsheath in females.

    Similar Species

    Other black Dolerus species.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    Waste grassy places.

    When to see it

    From early Spring.

    Life History

    Their flight is slow and clumsy. Larvae feed on various grasses.

    UK Status

    Quite local in distribution in Britain, but possibly under recorded due to the difficulties of species identification.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire & Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map