Submitted by AJ Cann on Mon, 20/08/2018 - 03:32

    Sawflies Guide

    Although we are close to the end of their season now, at certain times of the year sawflies are very abundant and rather showy insects. Identification of these insects is often problematic however. More...

    Sawflies are frequently mistaken for wasps. A simple test is - does it have a "waist" between the thorax and the abdomen? Wasps have waists, sawflies don't. Unfortunately, this is not always easy to see from photographs but as with most insects, gets easier as you become more familiar with the group. This new photographic guide to some of the most common sawflies (Tenthredo species) is billed as a "beginner's guide", but is not really for the faint hearted. Designed to works in conjunction with a taxonomic key, many of the images contained will only help users working from captured specimens rather than from casual photographs. Nevertheless, this is a welcome guide to a difficult group of insects, which can be downloaded below or via the Resources link in the top menu of NatureSpot.  
      
    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/content/dam/nhmwww/take-part/identification-trainers/sawflies-guide-id-trainees.pdf