An entirely black species. In females the sawsheath is broad at the tip with curved setae. The mesonotum is shiny with scattered shallow punctures. In the male, the post-scutellum has a weak median carina and usually with rough transverse striations.
Dolerus varispinus larvae feed on grasses.
Status: Widespread, but less common in Ireland
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. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.2.e1168