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Sawfly Larvae



The sawfly's common name is due to the saw-like appearance of its ovipositor. The females use this to cut into plants where they lay their eggs. They are known to cause substantial economic damage to forests and cultivated plants.


Subtropical mountainous area, dense brush and trees, hot and humid.


– The Muncher – Camera: Olympus OMD EM5 Lens: M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 Settings: 1/80 sec at f/9.0, ISO 4000

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DanielePralong 4 years ago

Hi Wesley! Beautiful image! A coupe of tips for you. The term caterpillar should be reserved for the larva of members of the order Lepidoptera (the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). Also, on Project Noah, we ask that you only use the Scientific name field for scientific names (binomial nomenclature, Genus + species). Suborders and orders can be mentioned in Description or Notes. You'll fine more tips and info under our faq page:

Wesley Oosthuizen
Wesley Oosthuizen 4 years ago

Hannah, I think you're right. I also didn't find one with the exact same coloring, but it definitely has all the characteristics of a sawfly caterpillar. Thank you for your suggestion!

Hannah Davis
Hannah Davis 4 years ago

I strongly suspect that it's a sawfly larva of some sort, but I have no idea what species.

Wesley Oosthuizen
Spotted by
Wesley Oosthuizen

新北市, Taiwan

Spotted on Aug 30, 2015
Submitted on Oct 6, 2015

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