Tenthredopsis litterata


A variable sawfly whose colour can range from orange to black. Females of T. litterata can reliably be identified by an underside character - the shape of the ‘hypopygium’ but the species is very variable in colour and general appearance.

Similar Species

T. litterata, T. nassata, T. coquebertii and T. scutellaris are all very similar and there is no easy way to distinguish these species in the red-banded colour form of the females.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

This species has a red ID rating and unless identified by a known expert you must provide a satisfactory explanation of how it was identified for the record to be accepted.


Areas of long grass and flowers, hedgerows etc.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History

Larvae feed mainly on Cook's-foot Grass.

UK Status

Believed to be fairly frequent in Britain although most records come from the southern half of the Country

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map