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Callistemon sawfly (2)

Pterygophorus cinctus


Spotted last week as tiny, team-feeding larvae,
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these sawflies are growing and molting regularly. It begins when they turn yellow in parts near the head. When the head is fully yellow it breaks out of the old skin head first, then curls back to wriggle the rest out. About 30 minutes later the animal is free and beginning to darken before starting another growth phase.


On callistemon leaves in a local school yard.


family: PERGIDAE
subfamily: Pterygophorinae
Here is a fully molted version seen last year

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

I think 5.

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 7 years ago

Nice! That is extremely interesting. How many growth phases does it go through before it fully matures?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks Darren and Sukanya.

SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

Amazing. Truly amazing.

DarrenC 7 years ago

Wow, amazing

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks Tiz and Leuba. Sometimes the camera works..

Tiz 7 years ago

Fantastic photo and specimen! You really rock that camera of yours!!!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Great photos, Mark ! Love the first shot.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks Luis. Sometimes they look a bit creepy but always interesting.

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Great series Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Apr 4, 2014
Submitted on Apr 4, 2014

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