Family Tenthredinidae - Common Sawflies
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
>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.):
Tribe Nematini Amauronematus
Wasplike, often brightly colored, often found on flowers.
. They usually coil the body (or the posterior end) over the edge of the leaf.
Most of the larvae feed on foliage, but a few are leaf miners or stem borers(1)
Some info on host plants here
Usually a single generation a year. Overwinters in the ground or in protected places as a pupa or cocoon.
Some species are serious pests
|2.||The genera and subgenera of the sawflies of Canada and Alaska (Hymenoptera: Symphyta)|
Goulet H. 1992. The insects and arachnids of Canada, Pt. 20. Ottawa: Agriculture Canada. 235 pp.