Heterarthrus ochropoda


    The larva of the sawfly Heterarthrus ochropoda mine the leaves of Populus species, usually Aspen in Britain, forming a large, deep, upper-surface blotch that starts at the leaf margin, without an accumulation of frass. Around the oviposition site the leaf turns reddish brown. Frass occurs in scattered grains. The adult sawfly has an all black abdomen. The larva is white with a brown head, and distinctive markings just beneath the head on the underside.

    Identification difficulty

    Where Aspen is present.

    When to see it

    Mines can usually be found in late summer.

    Life History

    Towards the end of the larval period an opening is made in the mine, and both frass and exuvia are ejected. About that time the mined leave is shed, and the larva makes a disk-shaped cocoon within the mine, in which it diapauses until the following spring.

    UK Status

    It seems to be uncommon or under recorded in Britain where there are few records.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.  The Burbage record of 7th August 2017 is believed to be the first record for this species in VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map