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Cimbicid sawfly

Observed: 18th April 2011 By: simon Ransimon Ran’s reputation in Invertebrates
Cimbicid sawfly

Zaraea species,this cimbicid or Club-Horned sawfly just could be Zaraea lonicerae. Seen on hedge in an urban (Bristol) park

    Likely ID
    Club-horned sawfly (Zaraea lonicerae)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
  • Club-horned sawfly (Abia aenea)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

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I think this probably is Z. lonicerae. The antennae are much darker than the commoner and quite similar Abia sericea. It's often called the "black-horned sawfly". I have photographed sawflies looking like this several times in Cornwall and had one of my pics confirmed as likely to be Z. lonicerae by a Sawfly expert (and an A. sericea image from Wiltshire with paler antennae confirmed on this site recently). I could post some of my Zaraea images for comparison maybe. It's recorded very patchily but is maybe often overlooked. Larval foodplants are honeysuckle and snowberry I believe so an urban location is possible.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.