Metallus lanceolatus


The larvae of the sawfly Metallus lanceolatus mine the leaves of various Geum species. The mine begins with short, rather broad corridor that often is overrun by the later, large, very transparent full depth blotch. The mine begins somewhere in the centre of the leaf. Frass in many loose grains.

Identification difficulty

Where Geum species occur.

When to see it

When Geum species are in leaf, the larvae usually occur in summer and early autumn.

UK Status

The species appears to be widespread in England and Wales but is not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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