Oak Sawfly - Periclista lineolata

Description

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)

Habitat

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