Tenthredo scrophulariae

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Tenthredo scrophulariae
Figwort Sawfly (tenthredo scrophulariae).JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Tenthredinidae
Genus: Tenthredo
Species: T. scrophulariae
Binomial name
Tenthredo scrophulariae
Linnaeus, 1758

Tenthredo scrophulariae, the Figwort sawfly is a species belonging to the Tenthredinidae family, sub-family Tenthredininae. It is easily recognisable by its wasplike appearance although lacking the thin 'waist' of a true wasp. It is 10mm long and flies in a lazy style with its yellow legs hanging down. The legs are yellow with black upper sections. The antennae are orange. It is placid and allows close observation. The adults feed on small insects and the large, greyish-white, black-spotted larvae[1] feed on Figwort, (Scrophularia).[2] It is widespread across Europe wherever Figwort grows. The adults are on the wing from May to August and the larvae feed from August to September

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tenthredo Scrophulariae, Biolib.cz, retrieved 26 June 2012 
  2. ^ Figwort Sawfly, Naturespot, retrieved 26 June 2012