Sunday, 21 June 2009

Figwort Sawfly

When this insect crawled over vegetation in my garden next to a clearwing pheromone lure I wrongly assumed I had attracted a moth, but despite similar size and markings this is in fact a sawfly wasp. I think it's the Figwort Sawfly, Tenthredo scrophulariae, whose larvae feed on mulleins and figworts, although the adults are predators. The pheromone lure had nothing to do with its presence.

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