It’s official! An expert on such matters (from the Royal Horticultural Society in Wisley) confirmed late yesterday that the creatures who, as I write, are devouring the berberis bush in our garden on the outskirts of York (in the north of England), have never ever been recorded in Yorkshire before!
A world first happening in our garden right now!
Berberis sawfly (Arge berberidis) larvae.
What do Berberis sawfly larvae look like? How did I spot them? How did I work out what they were? Where have they come from? And what’s the poem I’ve written about them? All will be revealed, dear reader … here
First things first. This is a Berberis sawfly larva (eating one of our berberis leaves):
Find out more about Berberis sawflies (including photos of eggs, larvae and adults) here