Iris Sawfly - Rhadinoceraea micans

    Description

    The adult sawfly is all black.

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    Recording advice

    For your record to be accepted you should describe how you identified this species.

    Habitat

    Adults and larvae can be seen on plants of the Iris family such as Yellow Flag that grow near to water or in damp conditions.

    When to see it

    Adult in late spring and summer.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on members of the iris family, but only on plants growing in damp conditions or near to water. They eat strips from the edge of the leaves.

    UK Status

    Seems to be widespread in the southern half of Britain, but less well recorded further north. 

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known due to lack of records.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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