Macrophya rufipes (Linnaeus, 1758)
In the male the abdomen is usually red banded across three tergites and two in the female. However, the red bands may be absent. In the female, the abdomen has white lateral marks on at least tergites 1 and 6 and a dorsal white mark on the apical tergite. The hind femora are red almost from the apex to the base in both sexes.
According to Macek, the larval foodplant is dewberry in shrubby grassland and the larvae are about from mid-June to September.
Size: 7 - 11mm
Status: Locally abundant
Distribution: England, Wales
Flight period: May to early June
Plant associations: Rubus caesius (dewberry)
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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
Macek, J., 2012. About Macrophya parvula and larvae of several Central European Macrophya (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae). Zootaxa, 3487(1), pp.65-76.