The following resources have been assembled to assist with sawfly identification and understanding of sawfly ecology. Some of the resources may need updating to reflect modern taxonomic understanding. Others are still a work in progress. The draft keys are largely based on Benson’s keys. The internet is awash with incorrectly identified sawfly images so it is recommended to avoid identification by Google searches. The image galleries on this website and on the links below are sourced from known and trusted hymenopterists.
Help with identification
- Royal Entomological Society Keys by Benson
- Mike Hackston’s insect keys: Superfamily Tenthredinoidea
- D & JP Balmer’s Athalia key
- Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Sawflies, "Symphyta" by Liston et al
- Natural History Museum guide to genus Tenthredo by Krisztina Fekete Warning: Large pdf!
- Spreadsheet of larval foodplants
- Checklist of the sawflies of Bedfordshire 2018
Online image galleries and social media
- British and Ireland Sawflies (Symphyta) Facebook Group
- Steven Falk’s Flickr sawfly collection
- John Grearson’s sawfly images
- Andrew Green’s sawfly images
- Sawfly larvae of Britain and ireland Flickr group