Dolerus picipes - Tar-foot Griever

Recorded widely across most of mainland Britain (Musgrove, 2023).

An entirely black species. In females, the sawsheath is very broad at the tip (as wide as the apical width of the hind tibia) with long curved setae. In both sexes there is a shiny unpunctured area adjacent to the sulci posterior to the ocelli. Males can be determined by the penis valve.

Dolerus picipes larvae feed on grasses.

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Size: 8-9mm

GB IUCN Status: Least Concern
GB Rarity Status: None

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to June

Plant associations: Gramineae (grasses)


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 Natural England, unpublished