They’re back again! For the 11th year in a row we have Berberis sawfly larvae on our Berberis bush here on the outskirts of York- as you can see below:
I first saw the adult sawflies here this year on 12 June:
Despite minor depredations by the larvae, the Berberis bush is still stonkingly healthy.
This year its beautiful orange blossom attracted the daily attentions of a Hornet – the first time I have seen this happen.
You may recall that when I first spotted Berberis sawfly larvae here, it caused a minor sensation – in the sawfly world, that is. To read the full Berberis sawfly larva story, click here and here. It’s a long story, and includes the Natural History Museum in London and a World First for me here in Heslington. You might want to brew a cuppa before you embark on the saga …
Meanwhile, if you’ve got Berberis sawflies – or any other sort of sawflies – where you are, there’s a British Sawfly recording scheme that would like to hear from you. Email your sighting (including date and location) to firstname.lastname@example.org.