Large Yellow-girdled Tenthredo Tenthredo maculata


Family Tenthredinidae (Common sawflies) » Tenthredo maculata Geoffroy, 1785
Length 12-16 mm. This sawfly is a striking yellow wasp mimic, with a large bright yellow band across its abdomen, which is larger in the males. It also has yellow markings on the thorax, head and legs, and dark patches on the wing margins. It is one of the largest of the British Tenthredo species. The larvae feed on grasses. It flies May to July, and it is found along hedgerows and woodland rides, and in meadows where they maybe seen feeding and mating on umbelliferous flowers. A local and widespread species, except for the far north.


Tenthredo maculata
Large Yellow-girdled Tenthredo Tenthredo maculata male
Large Yellow-girdled Tenthredo Tenthredo maculata male

Found on local woodland margin, South Staffordshire. 1st June 2013. Photos © Peter Hillman. Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.