Arge melanochra


    Length: 7 to 8 mm. Orange bodied with a black head and thorax.

    Similar Species

    Superficially similar to the Bramble Sawfly, Arge cyanocrocea, but the coloured stigma is smaller and more spot like.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • long final antennal segment
    • orange abdomen
    • black thorax
    • clear intercostal
    • hind leg tibiae are largely yellow
    Recording advice

    Check that the intercostal is clear and the hind tibiae are yellow.


    Found in areas where Hawthorn is present.

    When to see it


    Life History

    Associated with Hawthorn.

    UK Status

    Infrequent and local in Britain and with a very southerly distribution.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Leire record of 8th July 2012 is the first record for VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map