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Species Atomacera decepta - Hibiscus Sawfly

Hibiscus Sawfly - Atomacera decepta Hibiscus Sawfly - Atomacera decepta Sawfly on Hollyhock - Atomacera decepta Sawfly on Milkweed? - Atomacera decepta Hymenoptera - Atomacera decepta Sawfly on Hibiscus - Atomacera decepta Atomacera decepta Atomacera decepta? - Atomacera decepta
Classification
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
Size
Adults 4-8 mm, larvae to 13 mm
Range
e. US (map) (1)
Season
larvae May-Oct in NC (Baker & Bambara 2000)
Food
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
Remarks
can damage hibiscus, marshmallow, buttonbush & some other perennials(2)
Internet References
Fact sheet (CT) (Hiskes 2005)