Widespread across Britain, more frequently recorded in south (Musgrove, 2023).
Allantus calceatus has an abdomen that is black with a red girdle on tergites 4 and/or 5. The hind femora are red or yellow sometimes with a black base. The tegulae are black.
Larvae feed on various members of the rose family.
Size: 7 - 10mm
GB IUCN Status: Least Concern
GB Rarity Status: None
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Flight period: May to June
Plant associations: Rosaceae incl. Alchemilla vulgaris (Lady's-mantle), Sanguisorba officinalis (Great Burnet), Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet), Fragaria spp. (wild and cultivated strawberries), Rosa spp. (roses), and Rubus spp. (brambles)
Benson, R.B., 1952. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Vol 6, Section 2(a-c), Royal Entomological Society, London
Liston A, Knight G, Sheppard D, Broad G, Livermore L (2014) Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Sawflies, ‘Symphyta’. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1168. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.2.e1168
Musgrove, A.J. 2023. A review of the status of sawflies of Great Britain - Phase 2: The Athaliidae and the Tenthredinidae (excluding Nematinae). Natural England, unpublished