Dolerus nitens


8.5-10mm. There are many black Dolerus sawflies that all need microscopic examination as identification is based on the detailed features such as the shape of the sawsheath in females.

Similar Species

Other black Dolerus species.

Photo ID?

Waste grassy places.

When to see it

From early Spring.

Life History

Their flight is slow and clumsy. Larvae feed on various grasses.

UK Status

Quite local in distribution in Britain, but possibly under recorded due to the difficulties of species identification.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire & Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map