Tenthredopsis litterata


A variable sawfly whose colour can range from orange to black. Females of T. litterata can reliably be identified by an underside character - the shape of the ‘hypopygium’ but the species is very variable in colour and general appearance.

Similar Species

T. litterata, T. nassata, T. coquebertii and T. scutellaris are all very similar and there is no easy way to distinguish these species in the red-banded colour form of the females.


Areas of long grass and flowers, hedgerows etc.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History

Larvae feed mainly on Cook's-foot Grass.

UK Status

Believed to be fairly frequent in Britain although most records come from the southern half of the Country

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map