Macrophya albipuncta

    Description

    Body length excluding appendages 6 to 8 mm.  This is a black sawfly with pale cream bands on the legs.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    Grassland where Crane’s-bill species occur.

    When to see it

    Summer to early autumn.

    Life History

    Believed to favour Wood Crane’s-bill (Geranium sylvaticum) in northern England, but probably Meadow Crane’s-bill (Geranium pratense) further south.

    UK Status

    This is a very scarce species. It was once thought to be confined to a few Scottish meadows and later odd records came in from northern England. More recently a couple of records have come from counties in the south of England, so it may be spreading its range.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland where the specimen taken at Fosse Meadows, Sharnford on 21st May 2014 is the first recorded in VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map