Plum Sawfly - Hoplocampa flava


    Length 4 to 6 mm. Its veined wings have a coloured stigma. The abdomen is usually orangey yellow, at least in part.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    This species has a red ID rating and unless identified by a known expert you must provide a satisfactory explanation of how it was identified for the record to be accepted.


    Around plum trees and Blackthorn hedges.

    When to see it

    Peak time for adult is April and May.

    Life History

    The larvae develop inside plums or sloes. The sawfly lays its eggs on the flowers. The young maggots which develop tunnel their way into the developing fruit. The fruit generally falls off when the larva is mature. The adults feed on pollen and nectar.

    UK Status

    Thought to be fairly widespread in Britain, but the species is under recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map