Tenthredo mesomela


    Length: 9.5-13mm. This sawfly has an apple green body with a black back. It is distinguished from the similar Rhogogaster species by its black stigma (Rhogogaster have a green stigma).

    Identification difficulty

    The adult is to be seen around meadows, verges and woodland rides, where it takes pollen and nectar from umbellifers as well as small insects.

    When to see it

    May to July

    Life History

    The larvae feed nocturnally on Buttercup, Persicaria and other plant species.

    UK Status

    Fairly common British species

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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