Eriocampa ovata (Linnaeus, 1758)
woolly alder sawfly
Alnus glutinosa, Belgium, prov. Hainaut, Chimay, Etang de Virelles, 13.viii.2014 © Stéphane Claerebout
Eggs are deposited in a row of up to eight in the upper side of the midrib. They long remain recognisable as a row of oval swellings, also after the eggs are vacated, The larvae leave the eggs at the underside of the leaf, and remain feeding at the underside. They are caterpillar-like and in all except the latest stage covered by a dense felt of snow-white downy wax. Each time they start feeding on a new part of a leaf they gnaw the main veins, causing the leaf to wither. Preference for older leaves. The species is fully parthenogenetic.
Alnus glutinosa, incana.
distribution within Europe
Beneš & Holuša (2015a), Benson (1961a), Buhr (1964a), Chevin (1984a), Haris (2012a), Hoop (1983a), Kruse, Smith & Schiff (2010a), Macek (2012c), Roskam (2019a), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a), Savina & Chevin (2012a), Taeger, Altenhofer, Blank, ao (1998a).