Macrophya rufipes (Linnaeus, 1758)

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.
The larval foodplants are unknown but the insect is abundant in marshes and woodland.

Size: 7 - 11mm

Status: Locally abundant

Distribution: England, Wales

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: unknown


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.