Tenthredo mesomela - Tenthredo mesomela

Description

Length: 9.5-13mm. This sawfly has an apple green body with a black back. It is distinguished from the similar Rhogogaster species by its black stigma (Rhogogaster have a green stigma).

Habitat

The adult is to be seen around meadows, verges and woodland rides, where it takes pollen and nectar from umbellifers as well as small insects.

When to see it

May to July

Life History

The larvae feed nocturnally on Buttercup, Persicaria and other plant species.

UK Status

Fairly common British species

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map