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bottlebrush sawfly - female

Pterygophorus cinctus


A black robust wasp ( 20-22mm) with three orange bands around the abdomen and orange markings on dorsal and lateral sides of the thorax. Wings were translucent and dark. Antennae had white base.


back garden - on a lemon plant.


This sawfly appeared to be searching for something on the lemon leaves - perhaps collecting some water off the leaves??. But she did not stay long. Male of this species are smaller.
Here is a spotting of the larva of this insect:

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Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.81, Long: 145.23

Spotted on Nov 28, 2012
Submitted on Dec 1, 2012

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