Eutomostethus ephippium (Panzer, 1798)

Eutomostethus ephippium

A small sawfly with two distinct colour forms. The northern race has an entirely black body, whilst in the south the thorax and mesopleura are orange-red. Only females known in Britain and Ireland.
Larvae feed on soft grasses such as annual meadow grass.

Size: 4 - 5mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: Possibly bivoltine, May to June and August

Plant associations: Gramineae (grasses, especially Poa spp.)


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.