Macrophya albicincta


    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.

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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

    UK Map