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Green Sawfly - Rhogogaster viridis
Green Sawfly - Rhogogaster viridis


Rhogogaster viridis
Rhogogaster viridis is a species in the order Hymenoptera, the suborder sawflies (Symphyta), the superfamily Tenthredinoidea, the family Tenthredinidae, and the genus Rhogogaster. Scientific synonyms for this species are Tenthredo scalaris and Tenthredo (Allantus) scalaris. Rhogogaster viridis are widespread and common in the majority of Europe and Palaearctic Asia.
Rhogogaster viridis - Side view
Rhogogaster viridis - Side view
Adult Rhogogaster viridis reach body lengths of 10 - 13 mm and therefore count as small wasps. Their bodies are grass green and have black and yellow markings. There is a black marking on the top of the head. The upper surface of the thorax also has very dark markings. The abdomen is a striking green colour, with a dark, central, longitudinal stripe. The markings on the wings are yellow or green.
Tenthredinidae - Rhogogaster viridis
Tenthredinidae - Rhogogaster viridis
Rhogogaster viridis can be confused with the species Rhogogaster picta and Rhogogaster punctulata. The striking, predominantly green colouration and lack of markings on the sides of the body are the main distinguishing features of Rhogogaster viridis.
Green Sawfly
Green Sawfly
Rhogogaster viridis appear in the summer months, mainly in vegetation-rich areas (forests, gardens, parks and hedgerows), where they hunt and eat insectson shrubs or herbaceous plants. They also reduce the numbers of pests.
Wasp - Green Sawfly
Wasp - Green Sawfly
After mating, the fertilized females lay their eggs on the larval food plants. The larvae devour the leaves of various trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. These include willow (Salix), poplar(Populus), alder (Alnus) and buttercup (Ranunculaceae).
Rhogogaster viridis - belly view
Rhogogaster viridis - belly view

Rhogogaster (Rhogogaster) viridis
German namesGrüne Blattwespe
Danish namesGrøn bladhveps
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire)), North England (Northwest England (Cheshire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania))), West Europe (Austria, France, Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), South Europe (Italy (North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal, Andorra)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia), Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Moldova), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus)
Asia
Far East (East Asia (China, Japan, Mongolia, Korea (South Korea))), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Iran))
Russia
America
North America
USA (California, New Mexico, Alaska, Colorado), Canada


Ecozones: Nearctic

Distribution by Synonymus:
Rhogogaster scalaris   Turkey, Hungary
Rhogogaster similis   Holotype, Allotype, http://id.luomus.fi/GL.2360, http://id.luomus.fi/GL.2359
CountriesAlbania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Taxonomic statusParatype, Holotype, Allotype
Links and ReferencesRhogogaster viridis in faunaeur.org
Rhogogaster viridis in dyntaxa.se

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
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Image editing with Photoshop
1. Green Sawfly - Rhogogaster viridis
2. Rhogogaster viridis - Side view
3. Tenthredinidae - Rhogogaster viridis
4. Green Sawfly
5. Wasp - Green Sawfly
6. Rhogogaster viridis - belly view
Quick search: Rhogogaster - Viridis - Wasp - Sawfly - Green - Tenthredinidae
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderHymenoptera
Wasps, Bees, Ants, Sawflies, Ants and wasps
SuborderSymphyta
Sawflies, Horntails, Woodwasps
SuperfamilyTenthredinoidea
Sawflies
FamilyTenthredinidae
Tenthredinid sawflies, Common sawflies
SubfamilyTenthredininae
TribeTenthredinini
GenusRhogogaster
SubgenusRhogogaster
Speciesviridis
Rhogogaster viridis
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
 
Synonyms
Rhogogaster hebraica
Rhogogaster respecta
Rhogogaster ruga
Rhogogaster scalaris
Rhogogaster semiannularis
Rhogogaster similis
Rhogogastera respectus
Rhogogastera ruga
Tenthredo scalaris
Tenthredo viridis
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