So, here are the facts:
- Sawflies are part of the same family as bees, wasps and, surprisingly, ants! This family is called Hymenoptera.
- The Sawfly differs a small bit because it doesn't have a 'waist' and they have two sets of wings. more importantly, they don't sting and are harmless. Yay!
- Females possess 'saw-like' body parts which they user to cut through plant tissue to lay their eggs.
- In the UK there are about 107 genera
and about 500 subspecies. Some of the most common are (in no particular order):
- The Apple Sawfly
- The Gooseberry Sawfly
- The Turnip Sawfly
- The Pear and Cherry Slugworm Sawfly
- The Rose Slug Sawfly (A.K.A the Rose Skeletoniser which brings me onto my next fact...)
- If you find some leaves still attached to the plant that have become 'skeletonised' with just their veins remaining they are likely to have been eaten by Sawflies.
- Their larvae can often be seen on the leaves and curl up into a 'little S shape' if you get too close as a protective mechanism. They can also bury themselves in developing fruits.
- Adult Sawflies can often be seen flying on warm sunny days around blossom which they then feed on.
- The Adults live for about 2 weeks, during which time they must both find a mate and lay their eggs.
- The Eggs hatch into larvae that look like Moth Caterpillars except they have more legs. They usually feed for 4 weeks before burying themselves in soil to pupate.
- Infestations can occur which gardeners may have to deal with as they can attack Roses and Apples.
|A bird's eye view.|
- It can be managed naturally by placing things like Roses in open areas where birds can feed on the larvae.
- This particular Sawfly is a Tenthredo mesomela. It's seen through May to July and is seen around Meadows, Verges and Woodland Rides.
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,