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Fly Hawthorn Sawfly

Hawthorn Sawfly - Photo  Copyright 2005 Dean Stables Photo: Dean Stables

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A great way to see all the details on these insects and other small creatures is with a special magnifier box - click here

Latin name: Trichiosoma tibiale

Size: Approximately 20mms

Distribution: Found throughout the UK, especially in the south.

Months seen: April to June

Food: The larvae feed on hawthorn.

Habitat: Scrubby areas where the foodplant grows.

Special features: Very hairy sawfly. The hair colour can vary from pale to dark brown. The front edges of the wings, and the legs, are orange-red in colour.

Click for a better viewThe larva spins a tough cocoon, and the adult sawfly has to cut the top off, from inside to emerge.


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