As with all Tenthredopsis species Tenthredopsis nassata is variable in colour. The description given here follows Blank and Ritzau 1998 but it should be noted that British specimens may differ in colour from continental counterparts.
In the female the basic colour is pale. The mesoscutum is mostly pale. The abdomen often has a dorsal, black longitudinal stripe, but there is no stripe on the ventral surface. The hypopygium centrally is triangular and only slightly indented at the apex.
The male cannot be reliably distinguished from Tenthredopsis scutellaris. The mesepisternum is often darkened with the pectus usually completely black. The hind tarsi are more or less uniformly light or dark. Dried specimens have a midline keel on the eighth tergite, which often reaches the base of the tergite. On either side of the keel there is a deep and somewhat oval-shaped depression, at least from the posterior margin to the middle and often to the base of the tergite.
Larvae feed on grasses especially cock's-foot, tufted-hair grass and wavy-hair grass.
Size: Female: 10 - 12mm, male: 8 - 11mm.
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Flight period: May to August
Plant associations: Gramineae especially Dactylis glomerata, Deschampsia caespitosa and Deschampsia flexuosa (grasses especially cock's-foot, tufted-hair grass and wavy-hair grass).
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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
Blank, S.M. and Ritzau, C., 1998. Die Tenthredopsini Deutschlands (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae). Pflanzenwespen Deutschlands (Hymenoptera, Symphyta). Kommentierte Bestandsaufnahme, pp.227-246.
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