Oak Sawfly - Periclista lineolata


    It is 6 to 7 mm long, fairly thick set, predominantly black, but with hind margins of the abdominal segments pale and with white marked legs.

    Identification difficulty

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


    Look in areas containing mature Oaks.

    When to see it

    Springtime species usually seen about April.

    Life History

    The spiky looking larvae graze the undersides of the leaves of Oaks.

    UK Status

    Most British records come from southern Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map