A black sawfly with pairs of white patches on tergites 2 to 5 (or 6). The eyes are almost round. The hind legs are mainly reddish-yellow, though they can be black, and the tarsal claws have a large inner tooth parallel to the outer tooth. The stigma is black, though this may fade in older specimens. In the female the serrulae have a very prominent lobe.
The larvae feed on willows.
Size: 6 - 7mm
GB IUCN Status: Least Concern
GB Rarity Status: None
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Flight period: May to June
Plant associations: Salix spp. (willows)
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