Ametastegia glabrata (Fallén, 1808)

Ametastegia glabrata

A genus of slim, elongate sawflies. This species is the only one in this genus with an all black body, including tegulae, and orange legs, excluding hind tarsi.
Larvae feed on a variety of herbaceous plants and overwinter by burrowing into willow or fruit of apples.

Size: 5.5 - 8mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: bi- or multivoltine. April to September

Plant associations: Chenopodium spp. (fat hens), Polygonum spp. (redshanks), Rumex (docks) and Rheum (rhubarb), Plantago (plantains) and Salix (willow).


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.