Cimbex luteus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Cimbex luteus

A large yellow and brown species very similar to Cimbex connatus. However, Cimbex luteus has significantly more yellow on the body. In luteus the 3rd tergite has at most a narrow central dark mark and with much more extensive yellow on the underside of the abdomen. In luteus, the thorax is generally a lighter orange colour and the back of the head and scutellum are dulled by puncturation and denser hair.

Size: 20 - 28mm

Status: Infrequent

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales

Flight period: May to July

Plant associations: Alnus spp. (alders) and Salix spp. (willows)


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.