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Arge cyanocrocea

Arge cyanocrocea
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-12 6:25
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Points: 6
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Arge cyanocrocea (Förster, 1771)
Hymenoptera: Argidae
Common name: Bramble sawfly

Arge cyanocrocea, the bramble sawfly, is a species belonging to the family Argidae subfamily Arginae.

As all sawflies, these species are related to wasps and not to flies, but lack the typical wasp waist. Its head and thorax are black, while the abdomen is yellowish orange.

Arge cyanocrocea can be distinguished from the similar Arge pagana by its dark wing patches and gray apex of wings and by its reddish legs, with small black rings.

These sawflies are present in most of Europe, in the Caucasus, in Asia Minor and in Japan.

The adults grow up to 7–8 millimetres (0.28–0.31 in) long and can be encountered from May to July, feeding on pollen and nectar of several Apiaceae species (Aegopodium podagraria, Meum athamanticum, Heracleum sphondylium, etc.), Euphorbiaceae species (Euphorbia spp.) and Asteraceae species (Tanacetum vulgare)

The larvae of this species look like caterpillars, but they have five pairs of prolegs, while caterpillars have four pairs. The larvae feed on the leaves of brambles (hence the common name), mainly blackberry (Rubus fruticosus), raspberry (Rubus idaeus) and great burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis).

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Nikos
Thanks a lot for sharing this photo. This is the first time I heard about this sawfly. When I looked at the internet, the upper body of bramble sawfly looks bright orange-whereas in your photo it is more brownish. Does the color change according to seasons and breeding status?


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-11-12 12:28]

Hi Nikos,some problem in the resizing process but the pic is lovely,perfect capture of this fly on a beautiful flower too,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-12 14:47]

Hello Nikos,
I really like this shot although it is a bit small in size. The focus is sharp and the colors are rich yet natural. The subject is placed in the top third of the frame and a bit off center. The blurred BG is great and keeps us focused on the subject.

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