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Sawfly eggs, or hem stitching

Sawfly sp. (ova)


Sawfly eggs. Sawflies are so named because they posess a modified ovipostitor to saw into a stem or leaf so as to lay her eggs into the plant tissue.


A row of long eggs placed neatly along the edge of a swamp gum in local parkland


The back of the leaf has minimal damage except some discoloration. Here is another spotting associated with pointed tailed sawflies with similar eggs Paropsine leaf beetle eggs is questioned by this observation. found along the edges of two eucalyptus leaves.

No species ID suggestions


MartinL 5 years ago

Here is another possible ID?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

That's great Martin. We were wondering about this a couple of weeks ago after watching a piece of video somewhere. I like the link with the underground pupal cell section - maybe the pale sides I am looking for.

MartinL 5 years ago
MartinL 5 years ago

I was troubled with this ID because the eggs were under the leaf skin and different to the eggs that the beetle is laying.
I have found another ID for this spotting - sawfly eggs. These are known to be laid into the leaf and is more likely to be accurate. See pic #3

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Nice find martin. Another piece of the puzzle.

MartinL 6 years ago

Hey, I've finally stumbled upon the ID of these (apparently hatched) eggs. It's a paropsine leaf beetle. They also seem to be placed under the leaf skin membrane.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Fascinating ! - looks like whatever it is has separated the waxy coating from the upper epidermis to lodge its eggs? - for protection, perhaps. I like the rim of the leaf that has been left intact. Great spotting and photos, Martin.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

A really interesting spot. Are you able to check on these later?

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.77, Long: 145.35

Spotted on Feb 7, 2012
Submitted on Feb 9, 2012

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