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...
CLOSED: Mystery Caterpillars
They were a bright orange, they look translucent here b/c I was shooting towards the sky.
I agree with trackin.
Here's a great site, full of sawfly photos....
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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.
some sawflys skeletonize the whole leaf, others chew holes.
Ugh! I thought they might be something special... How do you distinguish between lepidotera larvae and sawfly larvae?
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.
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.