Cladius ulmi (Linnaeus, 1758)

Cladius ulmi

According to Prous et al, 2019, there is currently no reliable key or species treatment available for this genus. The description follows Benson (Priophorus laevifrons).
The head on the frons and temples above smooth and shining without sculpture or hair-warts. Cladius ulmi is a black sawfly with pale tibiae and tarsi on all legs. The wings are subhyaline. The abdomen without any brown spot in the middle of the first tergite.

Larvae feed on elm.


Size: 5 - 6.5mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: Bivoltine, May to August

Plant associations: Ulmus spp. (elms)


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.

Prous, M., Liston, A., Kramp, K., Savina, H., Vårdal, H. and Taeger, A., 2019. The West Palaearctic genera of Nematinae (Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae). ZooKeys, 875, p.63.