Eutomostethus ephippium

    Description

    5-7mm. This sawfly is black with a bright red thorax. It also has black femora (thighs) and then paler legs. It is sometimes referred to as the Lawn Sawfly but this isn't a widespread name.

    Habitat

    Grassy places

    When to see it

    It flies from May

    Life History

    Larvae feed on grasses of the Poa family.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent especially in southern Britain

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map