Bristly Rose Sawfly

Cladius pectinicornis

Description

Over all length 5 to 7mm. A black sawfly with yellow legs and a slight yellow cast to the wings. The male has a series of five graduating appendages on its antennae, the first being as long as the first antennal segment and the rest diminishing until the fifth which is minute.

Habitat

Hedgerows, scrub and grassland where its food plants, Rose, Strawberry or Greater Burnet are found.

Status and distribution

Widespread and fairly common in England and Wales but more sparsely distributed in Scotland. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to September.