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Early Sawfly - Dolerus unicolor

Early Sawfly - Dolerus unicolor
DuPage County, Illinois, USA
April 11, 2003
Size: 10mm
Identification determined April 30, 2003 by David R. Smith, Research Entomologist, USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory.

Dolerus unicolor is becoming rare, being replaced by the closely related, more numerous (and presumably better adapted) D. nitens, according to Canada's Dept. of Natural Resources. My experience in the field bears this out - I encountered only two examples of D. unicolor this April, while D. nitens seems to be everywhere. Larvae of both species feed on various grasses.

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I created guide pages for this and the other species that you submitted. I wish that more people would follow your example and tell us how their specimens were ID'ed. Also, I appreciate the additional information; very valuable.

Thank you, Beatriz.

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