Berberis Sawfly - Arge berberidis

    Description

    The adult fly is black.

    Habitat

    To be found on berberis and mahonia plants.

    When to see it

    June to August

    Life History

    Berberis sawfly larvae cause severe defoliation on some berberis and mahonia spp. in Britain. They have a black head on a greyish-white body with yellow blotches and small black dots.

    UK Status

    First British record was in Essex in 2002, since when it has been recorded in most southern counties, and has reportedly now reached Yorkshire.

    VC55 Status

    Previously uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, its numbers now seem to be increasing.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map