Blotch-winged Sawfly

Abia (Zaraea) fasciata


Body length 17 - 20mm. A large black and grey, bee-like sawfly with clubbed antennae. All black apart from the first abdominal segment, which is pale grey in the female. The wings are clear with a strong dark band though the centre of the fore-wing and a shaded distal half.


Woodland and hedgerows where the larvae feed on Honeysuckle and Snow-berry.

Status and distribution

Widespread in England and Wales but uncommon. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded twice at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.