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Family Tenthredinidae - Common Sawflies

؂ - Eriocampa ovata sawfly larva - Periclista Common Sawfly - Macremphytus testaceus Sawfly larvae on rose bush in December - Cladius difformis Wasp - Nematus abbotii sawfly - Ametastegia equiseti - male Tenthredinidae: Tenthredo? - Tenthredo leaf mine - Metallus lanceolatus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Symphyta" - Sawflies, Horntails, and Wood Wasps)
Family Tenthredinidae (Common Sawflies)
Other Common Names
Tenthredinid Sawflies, True Sawflies
Explanation of Names
Tenthredinidae Latreille 1802
Numbers
>900 spp. in ~100 genera of 6-7 subfamilies in our area(1)(2), ~7,500 spp. in almost 600 genera worldwide(3)Overview of our fauna (* –taxa not yet in the guide; classification per D.R. Smith, pers. comm.):
Family Tenthredinidae
SUBFAMILY ALLANTINAE
SUBFAMILY BLENNOCAMPINAE
SUBFAMILY HETERARTHRINAE
SUBFAMILY NEMATINAE
SUBFAMILY SELANDRIINAE
SUBFAMILY TENTHREDININAE
Size
5-20 mm(1)
Identification
Wasplike, often brightly colored, often found on flowers.
Larva eruciform. They usually coil the body (or the posterior end) over the edge of the leaf.
Food
Most of the larvae feed on foliage, but a few are leaf miners or stem borers(1)
Some info on host plants here
Life Cycle
Usually a single generation a year. Overwinters in the ground or in protected places as a pupa or cocoon.
Remarks
Some species are serious pests