Bramble Sawfly - Arge cyanocrocea


Length 8 mm. A distinctive species with a black head and thorax and an orange body. The wings have a distinctive wide dark band across. The legs are reddish, sometimes with small black rings.

Identification difficulty

Seen around hedgerows and foraging on umbellifers such as Hogweed, where the adults take nectar and pollen.

When to see it

May to July

Life History

Larvae are associated with Bramble.

UK Status

Quite common, particularly in the south of Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map