Sawflies and wood wasps in and around Torphins Wood, Scotland

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods.

Rhodogaster viridis, adult saw fly

Rhodogaster viridis, adult sawfly

Quite common, larvae eat a wide variety of leaves. Adults fly from May to August.

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Symphyta, Sawflies

sawfly larva, Symphyta

Larva found eating plants, adults tend to be found around flowers during the warmer months.

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Urocercus gigas, Wood wasp or Horntail

Wood wasp Urocercus gigas

Adults are seen on sunny days in summer in or near coniferous woods.

Adult body length is 12 - 44 mm.

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