Claremontia alternipes

Recorded locally thoughout England, and more sparsely in Wales and Scotland (Musgrove, 2023).

The head is black and glossy. The second antennal segment is about as long as wide and certainly not significantly wider than long. The thorax is also black and glossy and the mesopleura are sparsely hairy. The abdomen is also black throughout. The legs are variable being black in the darkest specimens with only the apices of the femora and tibiae off-yellow.

Claremontia alternipes larvae feed on brambles, especially raspberries.

Jump to other Claremontia species

Size: 5.5 - 6.5mm

GB IUCN Status: Least Concern
GB Rarity Status: None

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales.

Flight period: April to May

Plant associations: Rubus spp. including Rubus idaeus (brambles including raspberry)


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 Natural England, unpublished

Sheppard, D. A., 2019. British Symphyta (draft in preparation)