This is a small (3 or 4 mm) black sawfly with pale yellow legs. Its larvae mine the leaves Agrimony, Cinquefoils and Brambles. The mine is a full depth transparent blotch without a clear preceding corridor, quickly and strongly widening from the start. Frass in sausage-shaped granules.
Areas where the larval foodplants occur.
Larval mines can be seen in summer and autumn when the host plants are in leaf.
Status is difficult to determine due to lack of records but it seems to be quite widespread, though perhaps infrequent.
Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Broughton Astley record of 28th September 2018 may be the first for VC55.
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