Athalia scutellariae

Description

Whilst the adult sawfly is orange and black and very similar to other sawfly species in this genus, the larva is quite distinctive being black or very dark brown with raised pale spots.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

For your record to be accepted you should describe how you identified this species.

Habitat

Usually found on or around Skullcap species (Scutellaria sp.) although Gypsywort has also been used.

Life History

The larvae are associated with Skullcap species.

UK Status

Widespread but infrequently recorded in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare or under-recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The larval record from Beacon Hill on 12th August 2013 is believed to be the fiirst record of this species in VC55

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