Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

The Voracious Sawfly Larvae

Sawfly Larva

It looks like a thin leaf in this picture, but that’s the little villain in the center of this photo.  And that dark stuff that is sprinkled throughout the webbing.  Ten guesses what that is.  And the dark patch just above the little worm?  That’s the remains of its dinner (and lunch and breakfast).

The only good thing about these little critters is that they grow up and fly away.  Until this spring I’ve only seen them on the white dawn climber in the front garden.  I’ve pinched off all of the ones I’ve been able to reach and I suspect my careful pinching last spring reduced the number of larvae that I had to smoosh this year.  I’ve only found a couple on the hansa roses.  The larvae in the photo above was one of them.

Sawflies have saw-like ovipositors that allow them to saw into foliage so they can lay their eggs.


About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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