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CaptMicha
Brookeville, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2006
11:44 PM

Post #2421938

I found these growing on my soloman's seal. They remind me of zebra longwing but the color's wrong and so is the host plant...

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CaptMicha
Brookeville, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2006
11:44 PM

Post #2421942

They were a bright orange, they look translucent here b/c I was shooting towards the sky.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2006
2:30 AM

Post #2422514

looks like some kind of sawfly to me.
croclover
Lake Forest, CA
(Zone 10a)

June 23, 2006
3:40 AM

Post #2422806

Don't sawflies make smaller round holes?
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2006
4:56 AM

Post #2423013

I agree with trackin.
http://www.bluewisteria.co.uk/bluewisteria.html?pest/sawfly.html

Here's a great site, full of sawfly photos...
http://bugguide.net/index.php?q=search&keys=sawfly&search=Search

This message was edited Jun 23, 2006 12:10 AM
croclover
Lake Forest, CA
(Zone 10a)

June 23, 2006
4:59 AM

Post #2423019

Yikes! I think you guys are right! Great link ceejay!

I have sawflys on my roses right now. I guess I caught them before they started chewing bigger holes.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2006
10:51 AM

Post #2423259

some sawflys skeletonize the whole leaf, others chew holes.
CaptMicha
Brookeville, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 23, 2006
6:08 PM

Post #2424655

Ugh! I thought they might be something special... How do you distinguish between lepidotera larvae and sawfly larvae?

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2006
6:21 PM

Post #2424699

ceejay would be better qualified to answer that question, but these guys always seem a little translucent to me and dotted and they have those little black noses, although i'm sure some may not have.
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2006
11:13 PM

Post #2425574

Oh gosh. They just look like sawflies. There are some borers that look similar, but they are inside the plant. Those heads, and the shape of the bodies... I suppose if you want to get real technical, lepidoptera have 3 to 5 pairs of prolegs, and sawflies have 6 to 8, but I sure couldn't see them in the photo! LOL
Many sawflies have a peculiar defensive posture: they'll arch their rear end in an attempt to scare the predator away. Many also feed in groups. That's sort of a clue too...for in the future.

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