Large rose sawflies have pale spotted black, green and yellow larvae that eat the leaves of roses, sometimes causing severe defoliation. Sawfly larvae look like caterpillars and feed on leaves like caterpillars, but sawflies are wasps. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as opposed to plucking them off manually. Sprays that work against caterpillars, however, are often ineffective against sawfly larvae. While butterfly and moth caterpillars have 2 to 5 pairs of fleshy prolegs on the abdomen; sawflies have more than 5 pairs. Check undersides of leaves, and look for small holes indicative of sawfly feeding. In the tradition of the world’s great dynasties, centuries of breeding and pampering have established roses (Rosa spp.) Many species of these sawflies have caterpillars that defoliate a large number of trees, shrubs, and garden plants. Sawfly larvae have three pairs of true legs, followed by seven or eight pairs of fleshy, false legs. You’ll often find them crawling around on leaves, especially on the edge. I think I've been able to control them, but in a matter of two days they had stripped numerous branches of all their needles. Sawfly larvae are often mistaken for moth and butterfly caterpillars. Sawfly larvae look similar to caterpillars but are an entirely different kind of insect. Its wings are honey colored. (Photo: courtesy of Barb Evans, Eurobin, Victoria) There are about 200 known species of Sawfly in Australia. The details, and especially the images, have been verified and only trusted sources have been used. Sawfly larvae look similar to caterpillars but are an entirely different kind of insect. An exception is the pear sawfly, whose larvae resembles a small, dark olive green slug. Caterpillars almost always have 12 stemmata, six on each side of the head. They are bristly black grubs that look like strange caterpillars and grow into wasps – with four wings, but without a stinger. Melaleuca sawfly larvae. The larvae are pale green with a dark head. They look so much like lepidopterans. The sawfly is a type of fly often mistaken as a wasp. If problems occur year after year, scout early for eggs or larva. Another, less obvious difference between caterpillars and sawfly larvae is the number of eyes. There are more than 8,000 species of sawflies, so called because of the saw-like appearance of the female ovipositor, an organ used to deposit eggs in plant stems or leaves. I am about to start a PhD researching sawflies and the reasons behind the unusal larval grouping behaviour. Sawflies Horntails & Wood Wasps - Symphyta. Sawfly larvae formed 43% of the diet of chestnut-backed chickadees (Poecile rufescens). I always say that roses are like the chickens of the plant world: everything wants to prey on them. The term spitfire is slang for sawfly babies, technically larvae. Sawfly eggs hatch into larvae which go through eight stages of growth. Sawfly larvae are not true Caterpillars, but are the larvae of various species of wasps, or more accurately Symphyta. Most surface feeding larvae have six or more pairs of prolegs on the abdomen and one large "eye" on each side of the head. Regardless of which family they belong, they look like caterpillars and they have false legs. Caliroa cerasi Pear Slug Sawfly larva on Hawthorn. Argid sawflies, meanwhile, have a stout body. Particularly somewhere close to melbourne would be wonderful. Sawfly larvae resembles butterfly and moth caterpillars so accurate identification is important. Sawfly caterpillars are larvae of wasps (Order Hymenoptera) that feed on plant foliage. When disturbed, the larvae of most sawfly species adopt an S-shaped pose, often raising their rear ends and waving them about. I encountered these recently. Sawfly larvae are easily knocked off plants, and can be dropped into soapy water to finish them off. Hi all, these photos are fantastic. 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