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Sawfly Larvae - Order Hymenoptera, Suborder Symphyta, Arge sp. I first saw these sawflies a few days ago on a small oak tree/sapling, and they were still there this morning...Although, many of the leaves have been completely eaten! The sawfly larvae line up around the edges of the leaves to feed and they all, simultaneously, assume an S-shaped posture when disturbed.<br />
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Habitat: On oak (Quercus sp.) in a deciduous forest Arge,Geotagged,Summer,Symphyta,United States,hymenoptera,larva,larvae,sawfly,sawfly larvae Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Sawfly Larvae - Order Hymenoptera, Suborder Symphyta, Arge sp.

I first saw these sawflies a few days ago on a small oak tree/sapling, and they were still there this morning...Although, many of the leaves have been completely eaten! The sawfly larvae line up around the edges of the leaves to feed and they all, simultaneously, assume an S-shaped posture when disturbed.

Habitat: On oak (Quercus sp.) in a deciduous forest

    comments (10)

  1. It's the sawfly rockettes! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Hahaha! Yes indeed! It's quite entertaining to flick their leaf and watch them "kick up their legs" in sync. Posted 2 years ago
  2. This is amazing! :O Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks :) Posted 2 years ago
  3. Buzzzzby Berkeley! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Totally!! Posted 2 years ago
  4. Beautiful! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks Marta :D Posted 2 years ago
  5. Do they cover themselves in frass? I found a mess of them in Southern Wisconsin U.S and had a brownish sap they exuded.... Posted 7 months ago
    1. Not that I know of. But, there are many Chrysomelid beetles that wear fecal shields. Posted 7 months ago

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Uploaded Aug 9, 2019. Captured Aug 9, 2019 09:56 in 281 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm