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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.
In a local school yard.
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...
Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31
Spotted on Mar 17, 2014
Submitted on Mar 22, 2014
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