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UK Nature  > Sawflies  > Hoplocampa flava




Scientific Name:   Hoplocampa flava
Common Name:   Plum Sawfly

Sawflies look very similar to flies, but their names are a little misleading. They're more closely related to wasps and bees. Plum Sawflies (Hoplocampa flava)are harmless as adults but a nuisance when larvae. A mature female will lay her eggs on the flower buds of Plum, Cherry Plum, Cherry, Apricot, or Sloe. When the eggs hatch, the larvae burrow into the developing fruit and begin to feast. The fruits start to secrete an oozy liquid, dropping to the ground prematurely. The larvae then burrow into the soil to develop, emerging as adult sawflies the following year.










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