Curled Rose Sawfly - Allantus cinctus


Length 6 - 9 mm. This species has a black head and thorax. The abdomen is also black but has a thick pale coloured band across it.

Identification difficulty

Wherever the food plants are found, but also on umbellifers, where it catches other small insects

When to see it

May to August

Life History

The light green larvae feed on the leaves of wild and cultivated Roses and also on those of Strawberry. They can be found at the back of the leaves. They hibernate as a pupa in the soil. Larvae are easily recognized by their yellowish-green colour with white dots on the thorax and abdomen and 1/2 inch long tapered bodies. The head is yellowish with black eye spots

UK Status

Fairly frequent in England, but fewer records from elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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