Four For Dinner

Large Rose Sawfly Arge pagana larva

They have been at my roses all summer so far, and they are certainly making a meal of them. These are Large Rose Sawfly (Arge pagana) larva, young instars most likely. And four of them seem to like this one particular leaf for some reason. I feel sorry for the top two, for when they finally meet in the middle it will be the guy sitting on the branch he is sawing off scenario. Or maybe it won’t come to that.

Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. July 2017.

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28 thoughts on “Four For Dinner

  1. Love that pic – a great bit of macro. Now I want a short video of the moment that the bottom two eat through the leaf! πŸ™‚

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  2. Your new gear is certainly giving us a fascinating glimpse into the miniature world in our gardens. Lighting is very good too.

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      1. It can be, but not fun for my roses πŸ™‚ They already have circular holes cut in their leaves by solitary bees which line their nests with them.

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      2. I could spray them, like I used to, or pick them off. But I have come away from using sprays the last few years hoping that nature will find its balance. The roses appear to recover fine, thankfully. Yes, soapy water is a good idea, too.

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      1. Lol! The only tip they are leaving are that my roses will soon only be fit for ‘the’ tip πŸ™‚


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