Tenthredo atra


    Length 11 to 15 mm. The female is an all black sawfly with very distinctive red legs except for the the apical part of the femora and the tarsi of the hind legs which are black. The male has a reddish area on the abdomen. The mouthparts are creamy white. The wing stigma is black.

    Identification difficulty

    Seen on umbellifers or flowering hedgerows.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    UK Status

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

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Ratby record of 5th June 2014 may be the first record of this species in VC55.

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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