Eutomostethus ephippium

Description

5-7mm. This sawfly is black with red on the top of the thorax. The black legs have a pale band around the joint of the femora and tibia.

Similar Species

Eriocampa ovata is similar but is more heavily punctured on the head and thorax and the orange on the thorax is restricted to the dorsal surface only.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Grassy places.

When to see it

It flies from May

Life History

Larvae feed on grasses of the Poa family.

UK Status

Fairly frequent especially in southern Britain

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

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