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.

Yuck.

5 thoughts on “The Voracious Sawfly Larvae

  1. Cunning and adaptive little critters, well hidden amidst the foliage. Surely they must be on some bird’s meal plan!

    And thanks for stopping by and commenting on my ‘Lady’s Green Room’ post. I appreciate it, and I look forward to exploring your own blog. Happy Gardening!

  2. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this bugger/ Something is attacking my verbena but I don’t think this is it. AARRGGHH! Don’t you just HATE garden bugs!

  3. I wish I had seen this post last year! I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what those little green worms were on my birch trees! Boy did they ever do a number. hungry little guys. Are the black things eggs?

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