Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Rose-feeding Larvae

Two caterpillars are tucking into a rose bush in the garden:



The smaller one (pale green, yellow head) may well be Garden Rose Tortrix, plenty of them here, looks like some of the on-line images of larvae of this species.  The larger one (darker green/white, white spots, black head) I haven't been able to identify yet.

6 comments:

  1. The big one looks like a sawfly to me. Not 100% sure though.

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  2. Thanks Sam, I did wonder whether it might be, but I'm going to have to let them go so it'll have to remain a mystery.

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  3. I'm afraid I think both are sawflies, there's something about the shape of the head capsule that sets them apart from lep larvae.

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  4. No problem with that George, thank you for your input, I've released them back into the wild!

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  5. Endelomyia (cf. aethops) and early instar Arge (cf. pagana), but these aren't safe id's, more for interest

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  6. Allantus cinctus looks near-identical to Endelomyia - maybe a synonym?

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