Blennocampa phyllocolpa

A small black bodied insect with pale, off-white tibia and tarsus. The hind and middle femora are dark. Most often encountered at the larval stage.

Blennocampa phyllocolpa larvae feed on roses and cause the margins of the leaf to roll downwards (never upwards!).

Size: 3 - 4.5 mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: April to July

Plant associations: Rosa spp. (roses)


Benson, R.B., 1952. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Vol 6, Section 2(a-c), Royal Entomological Society, London

Liston A, Knight G, Sheppard D, Broad G, Livermore L (2014) Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Sawflies, ‘Symphyta’. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1168.