Found investigating the base of a honeysuckle in my VC24 garden. Can anyone provide an ID from these pictures?
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It is Abia fasciata a sawfly whose larvae feed on honeysuckle and snowberry.
Many thanks indeed, Patrick! A Google image search provides lots of identical pictures to my specimen. Someone else has suggested the name to be Zaraea fasciata - has this species been the subject of some taxonomic revision and if so does anyone know which is the current version?
I agree with Patrick that it is fasciata, but my understanding is that it is now in the genus Zaraea.
(And welcome to iSpot Patrick and Dave!)
Entomologist and biological recorder
Thanks, Martin. I presume the reason why my reply to Patrick was squeezed into a very narrow box at the side is because I added another 'comment' rather than hitting the slightly less obvious 'reply' button under his comment. Something that needs looking at?
I must say, these historical notes and comments are VERY valuable.
It is a great pity that there are less of these in now (2013).
But then there are too many Dunnocks, Blackbirds and obscure fungi - er sorry...
I am trawling some history, purely personal.
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