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This is one from the home plot. It and a few of it`s friends are busy as usual in their annual destruction of my (prize - not) Soloms Seal (polygonatum hybridum) plants. The Solomon`s Seal sawfly ( Phymatocera aterrima) is a small black coloured fly smokey grey clear wings, the larvae look like caterpillars but differ by having atleast 6 pairs of prolegs where as true caterpillars have a maximum of 5 pairs. In certain lights they look almost luminous, they tend to eat out the leaf between the longitudinal rib veins making the leaf look like tattered ribbons. They are called Sawflies because they have an ovipositor with saw edge that they use to cut into plant stems to insert their eggs see previous post of Rose Sawflies on solomons seal it leaves small purple scars where the eggs have been layed. This one as you can see is well on its way through another leaf is about 25mm long / 1 inch, in the end there will not be much left of the plant , but experience shows the plant will be ok and be back next year just as strong. so this is a good host and herbivour.
hope you like this one taken on yet another cloud summers day here in the UK.
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