Dolerus picipes


8-9mm. This is one of several very similar black Dolerus species and detailed examination is necessary in order to identify them to species level. This species has a sawsheath on the female that is notably broadened to be a similar width the apical end of the rear tibia. The long hairs on the sawsheath are long and curved inwards. The mesonotum is moderately punctured but only at the lateral sides.

Similar Species

Other black Dolerus species.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • 8-9mm
  • all black
  • sawsheath broadens to be same width as the widest part of the rear tibia
  • long outer hairs on the sawsheath curve inwards
  • punctures only on lateral sides of the mesonotum

Mainly found in grassland, even in damper areas.

When to see it

April and May.

UK Status

Widespread and probably fairly frequent in Britain, but not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Broughton Astley specimen of 4th May 2015 is believed to be the first record of this species in VC55.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map