Heterarthrus vagans


    The larvae of the sawfly Heterarthrus vagans mine the leaves of Alder species.  The white larva has a distinctive black mark near the head followed by 3 spots. It creates a large blotch that normally starts at, or near, the leaf margin, where some or much frass is ejected. The mine is brownish and the full grown larva makes a disc-shaped cocoon.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult, Larva and leafmine (when the host plant is identified)


    Where Alder is present.

    When to see it

    Larval mines may be seen whilst Alder is in leaf especially towards autumn.

    Life History

    The species is univoltine with larva being present towards autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread, but less common than Fenusa dohrnii which also mines Alder species.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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