Macrophya albicincta - Macrophya albicincta sensu lato


Adult sawfly is 10 to 11mm. 

Identification difficulty

Adult Larva

Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


Where the larval foodplants occur.

When to see it

Adult flight period April to July.  Larvae may be seen when the host foodplants are in leaf.

Life History

The larvae of Macrophya albicincta feed on Elder (Sambucus nigra) as do those of M. ribis and M. alboannulata, but only M. albicincta is also reported as feeding on Valerian (Valeriana officinalis).

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales.

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

Species profile

Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
25/06/2019 (Cooper, Barbara)
Last record:
17/06/2023 (Cann, Alan)

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