Berberis Sawfly - Arge berberidis
The adult is very dark - metallic blue in a good light. It has dark legs (distinguishing it from Arge ustulata), smoky wings which lack a wing cloud.
Arge ustulata is the only other dark bodied Arge recorded in VC55 so far. This has pale legs and a wing cloud.
- dark bodied (metallic blue)
- all dark legs
- tinted wings without a wing cloud
- black hairs on face
To be found on berberis and mahonia plants.
June to August
Berberis sawfly larvae cause severe defoliation on some berberis and mahonia spp. in Britain. They have a black head on a greyish-white body with yellow blotches and small black dots.
First British record was in Essex in 2002, since when it has been recorded in most southern counties, and has reportedly now reached Yorkshire.
Previously uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, its numbers now seem to be increasing.
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