Allantus rufocinctus

Widespread across Britain, more frequently recorded in the south (Musgrove, 2023).

Allantus rufocinctus is the only Allantus species in the British Isles to have both a red girdled abdomen and black hind femora. The abdomen is black, girdled with red across tergites three or four to five or six. Hind femora are black with at most the extreme base white. The mesopleura has punctures on the upper part. Tegulae white and hind trochanters at least marked with white.

Larvae feed on roses and brambles.

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Size: 7 - 9mm

GB IUCN Status: Least Concern
GB Rarity Status: None

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to July

Plant associations: Rosa spp. and Rubus spp. (roses and 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 Natural England, unpublished