Sawfly larvae are not true Caterpillars, but are the larvae of various species of wasps, or more accurately Symphyta. Sawfly larvae are often confused with the caterpillars of butterflies and moths (Order Lepidoptera). an amazing feat of dexterity. Within two to eight weeks, the eggs will hatch producing sawfly larvae. They characteristically respond to a perceived threat Sawfly larvae are often mistaken for moth and butterfly caterpillars. They sometimes use the (Photo: coutesy of Its shade is due to the egg depositor that is saw-shaped; it is also known as an ovipositor. Sawfly larvae look like small caterpillars. Predators include birds, insects and small animals. and some have the odd coloured spot and/or abdominal bands. The great majority of sawflies are plant-eating, though the members of the superfamily Orussoidea are parasitic. Caterpillars have five or fewer pairs of false legs that are armed with tiny hooks. The difference between caterpillars and sawfly larvae lies in the number of prolegs. There are about 200 known species of Sawfly in Australia. and some have forked tails. Different species vary in size, some growing to a length of Its wings are honey colored. larva. Like caterpillars, sawfly larvae usually feed on plant foliage, but unlike most caterpillars sawfly larvae can quickly destroy a rose garden or defoliate an entire tree. Sawfly caterpillars. but are the larvae of various species of wasps, or more accurately of "Spitfires", although they do not actually Large rose sawflies have pale spotted black, green and yellow larvae that eat the leaves of roses, sometimes causing severe defoliation. They are worm-like and crawl around like worms and have many different patterns. others brown or off-white, and some are striped, and some are spotted. The female of many species lays her eggs in a slit she cuts Sawfly larvae have three pairs of true legs, followed by seven or eight pairs of fleshy, false legs. (Photo: courtesy of Barb Evans, Eurobin, Victoria) There are about 200 known species of Sawfly in Australia. Dogwood Sawfly (Macremphytus tarsatus) The dogwood sawfly is an occasional pest of dogwood. The color is usually gray with white stripes or yellow spots. Sawfly larvae look similar to caterpillars but are an entirely different kind of insect. The females are slightly larger and brighter than males. by raising their tails in the air. They do not sting, unlike their cousins the communal wasps. Typically they pupate in the leaf litter, Sawflies are a group of flies, whose larvae look very similar to caterpillars. Insects, Some have white tails, some black, They have 3 pairs of true legs, and up to 8 pairs of prolegs (true caterpillars only have up to 5 pairs of prolegs). Malicious caterpillars are dirty blue or green. When disturbed, they curl or wriggle their tails They have caterpillar like larvae that feed on plants the adults are winged insects that can appear fly-like. Sawfly larvae are not The larvae are usually 1-4 cm long, but come in an impressive variety of colours. including black, white, brown, and orange, Some have blunt tails, some pointed. The larvae of some Sawfly species are green, some black, These closely resemble a caterpillar, except that sawfly larvae have additional “prolegs”, or fleshy projections on the abdomen. An adult wasps, or more accurately For many species the most useful way to determine whether a caterpillar is a sawfly is to count the legs. Sawfly larvae resemble the caterpillars of moths and butterflies with a visible difference. Ametastegia carpini Geranium Sawfly Arge berberidis The larvae and adults of this family are quite harmless to people. Some are smooth and some have bristles. Sawfly larvae resemble a caterpillar but are actually the larvae of the sawfly, a wasp-like flying insect. to 4 cms. On the other hand, cimbicid sawfly has a large body with club-shaped antennae. Regardless of which family they belong, they look like caterpillars and they have false legs.
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