Nematus lucidus - Torpedo Sawfly

A recognisable elongate Nematus with a torpedo-shaped body. In both sexes the abdomen is dark with a red girdle. The mesonotum and mesopleura are dulled by heavy punctures and surface sculpture.

Nematus lucidus larvae feed socially on hawthorn and blackthorn.

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Size: Female: 8 - 11mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to June

Plant associations: Crataegus spp. and Prunus spinosus (hawthorns and blackthorn)


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.

Prous, M., Liston, A., Kramp, K., Savina, H., Vårdal, H. and Taeger, A., 2019. The West Palaearctic genera of Nematinae (Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae). ZooKeys, 875, p.63-127