Wyre Forest Study Group

June 1, 2022

Scabious Sawfly – Abia sericea

 

 

 

Scabious Sawfly (Abia sericea) is a distinctive looking cimbicid sawfly often found feeding on the nectar of flowering meadow plants such as Devil’s-bit Scabious. The equally distinctive larvae also feed on Devil’s-bit Scabious in addition to Teasel and Field Scabious.

This particular individual (a male) was observed during a recent visit by the WFSG to Wyre Forest in early June. Although widespread in Britain, it’s not very common and thought to be in decline, along with other 16 members of the cimbicid sawfly family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scabious Sawfly - Abia sericea ♂

Scabious Sawfly

Abia sericea ♂