Allantus calceatus - Calceate Spindler

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.

Jump to other Allantus species

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.

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 Natural England, unpublished