Aquilegia Sawfly - Pristiphora rufipes

    Alt Name
    Columbine Sawfly
    Pristiphora alnivora

    Pristiphora rufipes has a black abdomen and yellow legs. There are other similar species and detailed examination is necessary. It is associated with Aquilegia.

    Identification difficulty

    Wherever the larval foodplant (Aquilegia) occurs.

    When to see it

    The larvae can be encountered whenever Aquilegia is in leaf.

    Life History

    The foliage of Aquilegia is eaten by the pale green caterpillar-like larvae.

    UK Status

    Widespread but not well recorded in Britain which makes its true status difficult to determine.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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