A species of sawfly with its prey

Rhogogaster viridis

preview hoet 00051 rhogogaster viridis gruene blattwespe fem mit beuteWe know about 9 000 species of sawflies. The nourishment of most of them consists of vegetable material, at least mainly. But there is a smaller group of species hunting other insects for example this species. Often the larvae of different beetles belong to their prey.

Among the genus Rhogogaster we find three species in Central Europe which cannot be easily differentiated from each other. Typically for the shown species is the lightgreen colouring of the abdomen segments, with only one clear, oblong blackening in the center of the segments.