Reddish Colored Sawfly Larva Covered in a Armored Blanket - Dimorphopteryx
Baton Rouge - BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA May 14, 2008 Size: 5/8 to 3/4 inch long
I posted an earlier photo of this type of larva a few days ago.
It was ID'ed as a sawfly larva.
I looked thru lots of images but did not find a direct fit.
The picture I posted previously (of a different individual) did not show many of the details very well.
The horns and spikes are worth seeing (May have been used in the design of some dinosaurs?)
I went back and made some more photos.
A group of about 8 or 10 has been feeding on a red buckeye (aesclus pavia L.)bush/tree.
(Maybe some Ohio State Buckeye will know what this larva is since it eats their favorite tree.)
They eat all but the major veins of the leaves.
This is a later instar since their are many little cast aside "blankets" on the leaves.
Sometimes when disturbed, they suddenly wave the rear 3/4 of their body in the air.
A version of this is a common characteristic of sawfly larva.
Contributed by John Hartgerink on 15 May, 2008 - 5:18am Last updated 21 October, 2009 - 11:39pm
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