Sawflies are closely related to bees, wasps and ants - all are in the Hymenoptera family. Sawflies can generally be distinguished from bees and wasps by the lack of a 'waist'. There are around 600 UK species, some large and colourful, others tiny and obscure. A number are known to gardeners as some sawfly larvae feed on common garden plants such as Berberis, Geranium and Solomon's Seal.

    Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

    A checklist of sawflies species recorded in VC55

    Other Useful Websites and Publications

    There isn't currently a popular field guide to sawflies which is probably why they are generally under-recorded.

    internet books

    British Sawflies website - an excellent and expanding resource covering most UK species

    ID Guide to Tenthredo Species - an excellent and detailed guide to the identification of UK Tenthredo sawflies from the Natural History Musem (free download)

    British Sawflies - Adam Wright. An Aidgap key to the genera of UK sawflies.
    A Beginners Guide to Sawflies - a useful photographic guide to the families, larvae and pest species (free download)  
    The British Sawflies Recording Scheme website  

    If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know:

    Recording Schemes

    David Nicholls is the VC55 County Recorder for sawflies - davidnicholls125(at)

    Guy Knight is the national sawfly recorder based at Liverpool Museum - britishsawflies(at)

    As with all records, any submissions you make to NatureSpot will be automatically forwarded to both local and national recording schemes.