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Steel-blue Sawfly - Perga dorsalis

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  1. A living mass of nasty caterpillars. What is there not to like? Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks William. I feel the same way. Posted 3 months ago

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Perga dorsalis, the Steel-blue Sawfly, is a sawfly from the Australasian region. When young, the larvae are so gregarious they are often found in a knotted ball of many individuals. When disturbed, they all wriggle their tails and exude a nasty yellowish fluid from their mouths. This latter habit has given them the common name of "Spitfires".

Species identified by Ernst
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Uploaded Aug 11, 2022. Captured Aug 11, 2022 12:38 in 16 Giles St, Encounter Bay SA 5211, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 700D
  • f/7.1
  • 1/664s
  • ISO200
  • 166mm