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SAWFLY LARVA (ABIA CANDENS)

Observed: 8th August 2009 By: foxyfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebrates
SAWFLY LARVA (ABIA  CANDENS)
Description:

GREY LARVA WITH BLACK AND YELLOW BARS ON SIDES FOUND ONLY ON DEVILS BIT SCABIOUS ITS FOODPLANT OF CHOICE

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Abia candens

As far as I know, Abia candens is considered to be quite rare in England at least, don't know what its status is in Ireland. That's a good record!

For comparison see this photo on syrphus's Highland Biological Recording Group website:
http://www.hbrg.org.uk/LatestFiles/Abia.html

and there's some more information on this and some other sawfly caterpillars in a downloadable pdf from John Grearson via the Wiltshire & Swindon Biological Records Centre:
http://is.gd/4QfXb

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ABIA CANDENS

HI MARTIN
I HAVE COME FULL CIRCLE ON THIS ONE!!
TO ID IT I GOOGLED GREY WITH BLACK AND YELLOW BARS... WHICH TOOK ME TO THE HBRG SITE AND YOUR SUGGESTED PHOTO.I THEN FOLLOWED A SUGGESTED LINK FOR A GREAT SITE ISPOT!
A BIG THANKS TO THE HBRG FROM ME.
AS REGARDS ITS STATUS HERE, ON FOOT OF ITS SCARCITY IN ENGLAND,. I CONTACTED OUR NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM AND THEIR ENTOMOLOGIST TOLD ME ITS QUITE COMMON.IN LIGHT OF ALL OF ALL YHE LARVA I SAW I CAN WELL BELIEVE IT.
AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW ITS FOOD PLANT IS DEVILS BIT SCABIOUS AND I WAS ON THE LOOK OUT FOR MARSH FRITILLARIES,I KEPT FINDING THESE LARVA AND OF A MICRO MOTH UNTIL EARLY SEPT.THEN I FOUND THE FRITILLARIES PICS WILL BE UPLOADED NEXT WEEK
THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND WEBSITES

FOXY

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