Pale-spotted Gooseberry Sawfly - Nematus leucotrochus


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

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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map