Curled Rose Sawfly - Allantus cinctus

    Description

    Length 6 - 9 mm. This species has a black head and thorax. The abdomen is also black but has a thick pale coloured band across it.

    Habitat

    Wherever the food plants are found, but also on umbellifers, where it catches other small insects

    When to see it

    May to August

    Life History

    The light green larvae feed on the leaves of wild and cultivated Roses and also on those of Strawberry. They can be found at the back of the leaves. They hibernate as a pupa in the soil. Larvae are easily recognized by their yellowish-green colour with white dots on the thorax and abdomen and 1/2 inch long tapered bodies. The head is yellowish with black eye spots

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in England, but fewer records from elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map