Turnip Sawfly


Athalia rosae – I see a lot of these brightly coloured sawflies in the garden. They enjoy their leisure time and spend a lot of it just sitting about on lush green leaves in the flowerbeds. They grow up to around 8mm (5/16in) long, and love feeding on nectar from a range of flowers. The larva feeds on cruciferous plants where it can be a pest. Double-click the images if you wanna get closer.


Turnip Sawfly Athalia rosae

Turnip Sawfly Athalia rosae

Turnip Sawfly Athalia rosae

Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 20th June 2019
Place: Rear garden, Staffordshire


9 thoughts on “Turnip Sawfly

  1. This is a brand new one for me. I think I might have heard of sawflies, but I’m not even certain of that. I suspect I might have come across it (at least in reading) if I’d been a vegetable gardener.

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    1. I don’t grow vegetables in my garden. I would love to, but it is not really big enough. However, these sawflies always like to visit each year, and I see them most days from spring through summer.

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