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Callistemon sawfly (1)

Pterygophorus cinctus

Description:

Small sawfly larvae at about 18mm long and working in small teams to strip the fleshy parts of callistemon leaves. The second shot shows the damage they did when tiny, 10 fitting across a leaf and not able to eat the veins. Today, pics 4,5 they only fit 3 or 2 across a leaf and are turning greener. The 6th shot is of a much more developed one elsewhere on the bush.

Habitat:

In a local school yard.

Notes:

First appearance on these plants this season. These are actually the larvae of a type of wasp. Previous to this stage they are too small to chew through the veins in a leaf and so 'skeletonize' them. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/110...
order: HYMENOPTERA
superfamily: TENTHREDINOIDEA
family: PERGIDAE
subfamily: Pterygophorinae
Distribution http://spatial.ala.org.au/?q=lsid:%22urn...
http://australianmuseum.net.au/sawflies
http://www.ozanimals.com/Insect/Sawfly/P...

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35 Comments (1–25)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Thanks Dan and Leanne.

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 4 years ago

Belated congrats Mark! What a great find.

dandoucette
dandoucette 4 years ago

Congrats Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Thanks prof.

arlanda
arlanda 4 years ago

Congratulations Mark!
Nice series

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Thanks Jolly.

Jolly Ibanez
Jolly Ibanez 4 years ago

Congratulations Mark. Beautiful series. The first picture looks more like a strange flower.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Thanks Gilma. Cute and creepy together.

Congratulations on the SOTW!! Mark Ridgway.
Great spotting, series and fantastic pictures. Those little creatures are so cute!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Thank you everyone!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 4 years ago

What a great spotting, Mark!

Congratulations Mark!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 4 years ago

Congratulations Mark, well deserved I must say.

Wild Things
Wild Things 4 years ago

Congrats Mark!

kdpicturemaker
kdpicturemaker 4 years ago

Good work Mark. Great series of images!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Mac, sunny Tom, Leana thanks :-)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Congratulations - Well done ! they really are cute and I love the filigree on the leaf..

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Added pics... check out the leaf in #2

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Oh wow thanks so much for the SOTW. I was just about to add some catchup shots of these little guys. They're very amusing in their progress. Ok here they come...

Congratulations Mark!

Tom15
Tom15 4 years ago

Congrats Mark! Nice spotting.

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 4 years ago

Congrats Mark!!!

KarenL
KarenL 4 years ago

Congrats Mark! A team of sawfly larvae chomps its way through callistemon leaves in our Rangers Choice Spotting of the Week! Large groups of sawfly larvae often completely defoliate their host plants.

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MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 4 years ago

Nice line up Mark

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Thanks Martin and Wild Things

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Mar 17, 2014
Submitted on Mar 22, 2014

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