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


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

UK Map