Athalia circularis


Length 5 to 8 mm. This sawfly has an orange abdomen and black on the top of the thorax. There may also be a black band underneath the thorax. The clypeus has a sub-truncate lower edge and the female saw has very shallow teeth. There are other very similar species and detailed examination is necessary to determine the species.

Similar Species

Other Athalia species.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • some black on the thorax sides, can be a black band underneath
  • saw with shallow, pointed teeth
  • clypeus square-edged (sub-truncate)
  • front tibiae usually without fuscous apices
Recording advice

Microscopic examination of the specimen is necessary. Records should include a comment about the ID methodology used and the key features.


Mainly in wet places.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

The larvae feed on the leaves of various plants including Ground-ivy, Plantago and Veronica species

UK Status


VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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