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Species Schizocerella pilicornis - Purslane 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)
Subfamily Sterictiphorinae
Genus Schizocerella
Species pilicornis (Purslane sawfly)
Explanation of Names
Schizocerella pilicornis (Holmgren 1868)
pilicornis = 'with hairy antenna'
smaller than S. lineata, 5-6 mm(1)
leaf-mining species; mesonotum mostly black(1)
so. Canada to Argentina(1)
Larvae mine leaves of purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
Works Cited
1.Systematics of two feeding morphs of Schizocerella pilicornis (Hymenoptera: Argidae) and recognition of two species
Hartsough C.D.B., Connor E.F., Smith D.R., Spicer G.S. 2007. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 100: 375-380.