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Paperbark sawfly

Lophyrotoma zonalis

Description:

Colourful green-yellow-orange sawfly larvae with black heads 25mm

Habitat:

On Melaleuca quinquenervia.

Notes:

These sawfly totally destroy my young paperbarks each year. When the larvae are very small they only eat the soft parts of the leaf leaving a skeleton of veins. See here... www.projectnoah.org/spottings/9364491 ref... http://australianmuseum.net.au/Sawflies

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6 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Nice... and high fives all round.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Ha! we did it again martin. I was editing and when I finished you had a suggestion. Thanks - it's the same as I found on a German site....

http://www.pergidae.net/pl006.htm

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Consider this one; Lophyrotoma zonalis,
http://www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/01...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

It's definitely on a maleleuca.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Hi martin - I've been looking at that link and because the food type is wrong I'm determined to identify exactly what plant this is - will post again. Enjoy Buxton.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Now this does look like the green longtail sawfly. But the foodplant is wrong including eucalyptus and Angophora (tree) http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_... I go to Buxton tomorrow and will find some more:)

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

3158, Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.33

Spotted on Dec 26, 2011
Submitted on Dec 28, 2011

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