Pale-spotted Gooseberry Sawfly - Nematus leucotrochus

    Description

    The adult sawfly has an orangey body and black head. The wings have a black stigma.  The larva is pale green with small black spots all over the body and feeds on Gooseberry plants.  

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Where Gooseberry plants are present.

    When to see it

    Adults appear in early May and larvae in May and June.

    Life History

    Unlike Nematus ribesii (the Common Gooseberry Sawfly), this species has a single brood. The larvae feed on the foliage of the Gooseberry plant, defoliating it.

    UK Status

    True status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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