Blennocampa phyllocolpa Viitasaari & Vikberg, 1985

Blennocampa phyllocolpa

A small black bodied insect with pale, off-white, front and middle legs and brownish on the hind tibia and tarsus. Most often encountered at the larval stage.
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)

References:

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. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.2.e1168