Athalia (genus)

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Athalia rosae (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): B.J. Schoenmakers
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Athalia Leach, 1817

This genus of sawflies includes around 70 species which have been described from temperate and tropical regions around the world. Most are oligophagous with the host plants mainly found in the family Brassicaceae. Some species are crop pests. For example the coleseed or turnip sawfly, Athalia rosae, can be a serious pest of Brassica crops and other Brassicaceae in Europe and eastern Asia. The genus is characterised by the structure of the head, the antennae, the wings and the genitalia.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: