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Species Atomacera decepta - Hibiscus Sawfly

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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 Argidae (Argid Sawflies)
Genus Atomacera
Species decepta (Hibiscus Sawfly)
Explanation of Names
Atomacera decepta Rohwer 1911
Adults 4-8 mm, larvae to 13 mm
e. US (map) (1)
larvae May-Oct in NC (Baker & Bambara 2000)
hosts: various Malvaceae
Life Cycle
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females lay eggs in the upper surfaces of leaves, near the leaf margin. Early instars feed only on the undersides of leaves. Later instars feed on both lower and upper surfaces of the leaves, avoiding large veins.
Up to six generations per year
can damage hibiscus, marshmallow, buttonbush & some other perennials(2)
Internet References
Fact sheet (CT) (Hiskes 2005)