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Sawflies (Suborder Symphyta)

Although the name "sawfly" suggests that these insects are flies, they are not. They actually belong to a suborder (Symphyta) of the Hymenoptera (includes bees, wasps and ants as well as sawflies). Their larvae look very much like moth or butterfly caterpillars, but the sawfly larvae have more prolegs and after awhile you can sort of suss out those that are not really lepidoptera.

They are called sawflies because, according to Steve Marshall, the females "have a sawlike ovipositor that flips down like a jackknife to saw into, and lay eggs in, leaf edges or stems."

Dusky birch sawfly larvae (Craesus latitarsus)
Dusky birch sawfly larvae (Craesus latitarsus)
Jewelweed sawfly
Jewelweed sawfly
Birch sawfly (Arge pectoralis)
Birch sawfly (Arge pectoralis)
Birch sawfly (Arge pectoralis)
Birch sawfly (Arge pectoralis)
Dusky birch sawfly larva (Craesus latitarsus)
Dusky birch sawfly larva (Craesus latitarsus)
Sawfly (Zaschizonyx montana)
Sawfly (Zaschizonyx montana)
Sawfly (Zaschizonyx montana)
Sawfly (Zaschizonyx montana)
Sawfly (Onycholyda luteicornis)
Sawfly (Onycholyda luteicornis)
Rose Sawfly (Arge ochropa)
:: Rose Sawfly (Arge ochropa) ::
Elm sawfly (Cimbex americana)
:: Elm sawfly (Cimbex americana) ::
Sawfly larva, possibly Pristophora sp.
Sawfly larva, possibly Pristophora sp.
Sawfly larva (Caliroa obsoleta)
Sawfly larva (Caliroa obsoleta)
Argid sawfly larvae on red oak
Argid sawfly larvae on red oak
Sawfly (Tenthredo basilaris)
Sawfly (Tenthredo basilaris)
Striped alder sawfly (Hemichroa crocea)
Striped alder sawfly (Hemichroa crocea)
Sawfly larva (Dimorphopteryx  sp.)
Sawfly larva (Dimorphopteryx sp.)
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva (Dimorphopteryx sp.)
Sawfly larva (Dimorphopteryx sp.)
Dogwood sawfly larvae (Macremphytus tarsatus)
Dogwood sawfly larvae (Macremphytus tarsatus)
Pine sawfly larva (Diprion)
Pine sawfly larva (Diprion)
Pine sawfly (Diprion similis)
Pine sawfly (Diprion similis)
Sawfly (Dolerus nitens)
Sawfly (Dolerus nitens)
Sawfly (Dolerus nitens)
Sawfly (Dolerus nitens)
Sawfly larvae on willow
Sawfly larvae on willow
Argid sawfly larva
Argid sawfly larva
Argid sawfly larvae on oak
Argid sawfly larvae on oak
Birch sawfly (Arge pectoralis)
Birch sawfly (Arge pectoralis)
Sawfly (Tenthredo verticalis)
Sawfly (Tenthredo verticalis)
Sawfly (Tenthredo verticalis)
Sawfly (Tenthredo verticalis)
Alder sawfly larva (Eriocampa ovata)
Alder sawfly larva (Eriocampa ovata)
Alder sawfly larva (Eriocampa ovata)
Alder sawfly larva (Eriocampa ovata)
Sawfly ( Abia sp.)
Sawfly ( Abia sp.)
Sawfly  (Abia sp.)
Sawfly (Abia sp.)
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Larva, possibly of a sawfly
Larva, possibly of a sawfly
Sawfly larvae, Nematus sp. ?
Sawfly larvae, Nematus sp. ?
Sawfly larva and exuviae
Sawfly larva and exuviae
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva