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Observed: 12th June 2012 By: blup

About 5mm long. Is the white covering a growing part of the animal or gathered and attached?

Species interactions

No interactions present.


blup's picture

added another photo

Sorry didn't see it on any foliage. Another photo attached, tangled on some cloth. Hope it helps.

GrizzledBadger's picture

If a Sawfly then it might be

If a Sawfly then it might be Alder Sawfly, but to me it looks like the larva of the Ladybird used as a biological control for Mealy Bugs, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, which looks similar to its prey. The adult has brown head & thorax with brown tips to the black elytra.
3prs of legs, no discernable prolegs.
The meal/waxy covering is protection & produced by the larva


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Not just Cryptolaemus...

I don't know tha sawfly larvae, so can't comment on them, but while Cryptolaemus montrouzieri larvae are like this, and the species is used in the UK, several native species (particularly the 9 resident Scymnus species) have very similar larvae

Record your ladybird sightings!

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No pro-legs so don't think

No pro-legs so don't think it's a Symphytae, still looks like a Mealy Bug predator.


JennWren's picture

Scymnus species

Had experience with these this year my self, thought ladybird larvae too.