Tenthredo mesomela - Tenthredo mesomela
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).
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.
May to July
The larvae feed nocturnally on Buttercup, Persicaria and other plant species.
Fairly common British species
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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