Solomons-seal Sawfly - Phymatocera aterrima

Alternative names
Solomons Seal Sawfly

The adult sawfly is 8 or 9 mm long and all black.

Identification difficulty

when the host plant is identified


Anywhere that Solomon's-seal is found.

When to see it

Adults May and June.

Life History

The larvae feed on Solomon's-seal in summer. The pupation takes place in the ground. The pupa overwinters.

UK Status

Scattered records from throughout Britain, but mainly from England.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland is not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map