Craesus latipes


Craesus latipes is a sawfly whose larvae feed on Birch. The adult is just over one centimetre long, has a black abdomen with a red stripe in the centre, and has enlarged rear shins.

Identification difficulty

Adult, Larva and leafmine (when the host plant is identified)


Where Birch trees are present.

When to see it

Adult May to September.

Life History

Females lay eggs into longitudinal slits in veins of Birch leaves.

UK Status

This species seems to be widespread in England, but is poorly recorded which makes its exact status difficult to determine.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map