DESCRIPTION: Length up to 8mm. Also known as the 'Bramble Sawfly' this attractive insect is best identified by the shiny black head and thorax and the striking orange body. The wings have a noticeable black band across them and the reddish legs usually have a series of black rings. The hind femora are orange with a black tip but this can be variable with some specimens having all black femurs. The costal area of the wing is orange as far as the dark stigma. BEHAVIOUR: The larvae can be found feeding on leaves of Rubus and Great Burnet. DISTRIBUTION: Found in many areas of southern Britain but absent from the North. HABITAT: Open woodland, hedgerows and gardens, usually seen feeding on umbellifers, particularly Hogweed. PERIOD: May to July.
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