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