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Athalia Rosae (Turnip Sawfly)


The Athalia Rosae has transparent wings showing the orange back with two black dots at the top. This Sawfly also has two black lines running through it's back at the sides. It has a black head with antennas, and has half it's legs black and the other orange. It was discovered by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, and roughly 7-8 mm.


The older ones don't really fly as often as the younger ones. The first reaction for the younger one when disturbed is to fly away yet the older ones may stay still at first then fly away. They are not night-active meaning they hunt and feed during the day and at night rest.


Turnip Sawflys live near plants and leaves (Parks, allyways, fields and forests) They like a variety of outside temperatures (10-25 degrees) if you want them to keep it's best in a green house or garden just remember they will most likely eats the plants (this doesn't always happen).

Food and feeding.

Sawflys mostly eat the leaves of a Willow tree. If your housing them you can keep the leaves living longer by putting them in a clean jam jar full of water but block the water so they don't fly in it and drown you can do this by cutting a branch and blocking the water with the leaves. They need at least enough room to fly around in the cage.


You need one adult couple and enough food and water in the cage leave them for a few days without disturbing them. Remember Sawflys don't breed as often as other insects so it might not work all the time. After a while they should've mated.

Thank you for reading, i hoped you enjoyed.


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