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Sawfly Larva

Symphyta

Description:

Black head, black stripes, green translucent.

Habitat:

Fell out of live oak tree.

Notes:

Larvae have six pairs of prolegs. Caterpillars can have 7 or 5 or less. Adults don't have a waist like most wasps. Females have sawlike ovipositor for cutting into plant tissue to deposit their eggs.

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2 Comments

tomk3886
tomk3886 3 months ago

Thank you ForestDragon for all the help. I will be going through these spottings as I have time. So many mysteries solved.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 3 months ago

Although this looks like a caterpillar, it is actually a Sawfly larva (a type of wasp). Unfortunately, many of them are nearly impossible to identify. Here is a link that may help: https://bugguide.net/node/view/112

tomk3886
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tomk3886

Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Spotted on Aug 25, 2020
Submitted on Aug 28, 2020

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