Dolerus niger


    Length about mm. One of several very similar all black sawflies. Detailed examination is needed for a secure identification.

    Identification difficulty

    Various habitats including grassland and hedgerows.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History

    Whilst the larvae are associated with several grasses, the adults are nectar feeders visiting flowers such as umbellifers.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map