Pear Slug Sawfly - Caliroa cerasi
Adult is black. Body size is 4 to 6 mm; wing span is 6 to 9 mm. Antennae are 9 segmented, black. Legs are black, brownish in middle only. The wing has a darker stigma. The larva is black, slug like and slimy looking.
Associated with various deciduous trees and shrubs including pear, cherry and hawthorn.
Adult - June and July.
The larvae are important pests that eat the leaves of commercial crops such as cherry, pear, and plum trees, leaving behind a skeleton of veins. The larvae cover themselves in green slime, making themselves unpalatable to predators. When the larvae are fully grown, they drop off the tree on the ground and pupate underground. The adult sawfly emerges from the pupal case and climbs from the soil to mate and lays eggs on the leaves of the host plant, completing the lifecycle.
Widespread but poorly recorded in Britain.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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