Macrophya albipuncta - Macrophya albipuncta

Description

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

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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