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Tenthredo campestris
Tenthredo campestris

Tenthredo campestris
Tenthredo campestris belong to the genus Tenthredo, in the order hymenopterans (Hymenoptera), the suborder sawflies (Symphyta), the superfamily Tenthredinoidea and the family Tenthredinidae. Tenthredo campestris are widespread in the northern Palaearctic from southern Scandinavia to the Mediterranean. The species is non endangered and is therefore not under protection.
Tenthredo campestris
Tenthredo campestris
Female Tenthredo campestris reach body lengths of 12-14mm and are therefore considerably larger then the males who only reach a length of 9 - 12 mm. The bodies of these specimens are bright red and black in colour. The head, chest (thorax) and compound eyes are black. The antennae are yellowish and comprise 7 or 9 segments. The abdomen is black and shiny and has a large reddish-yellow or yellow stripe in the middle of its upper surface. It is longer and wider in the females than in the males. The wings are milky-transparent. Their venation is clearly observable. The fore-wings lack the subcosta. Superposed in the idle state, the wings are ranging to the hind end of the abdomen. The upper section of the legs is reddish-brown to yellowish-red. Towards the feet there is a yellowish tinge.
Tenthredinidae - Tenthredo campestris
Tenthredinidae - Tenthredo campestris
Tenthredo campestris prefer sufficiently moist habitats with bushes, such as forest edges or areas with many hedges, but they can also be found in dry environments. From May to July, they can be encountered on herbaceous plants (especially Umbelliferae) and various shrubs, where they feed, mostly on nectar.
Tenthredo campestris - Rear view
Tenthredo campestris - Rear view
After mating, the fertilized females lay their yellowish to reddish-brown eggs, individually or in small groups, on the food plants of their larvae. The larvae are yellowish after hatching and resemble caterpillars. They have 8 small pairs of legs attached to the abdomen. Their antennae have 4 - 5 segments. The larvae of Tenthredo campestris feed on the leaves of various herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs. Their food of preference is ground-elder (Aegopodium podagraria). When disturbed, the larvae curl into a "S" and resemble small snakes. En masse these larvae can cause major damage to shrubs and trees.
Wasp - Tenthredo campestris
Wasp - Tenthredo campestris

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1. Tenthredo campestris
2. Tenthredo campestris
3. Tenthredinidae - Tenthredo campestris
4. Tenthredo campestris - Rear view
5. Wasp - Tenthredo campestris
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