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Nature Study: Sawfly Larva

Gentle Giant caught a sawfly larva one day for us to look at.  We took a picture of it, but it seems to have been mistakenly deleted.  The sawfly larva we saw was green with a reddish head, like what you see in IMG_9778.JPG or IMG_4012.JPG or IMG_1703.JPG here.

I cannot find a free image of what we saw to post, but here are some images from Wikimedia of other types of sawfly larvae:

Larch sawfly 03

Hazel sawfly caterpillars

Afterraupe (loz)

Tenthredo amoena sawfly larva on Klamath weed (Hypericum perforatum)

Elm sawfly larva (Cimbex americana)

Here is a good article outlining how to tell the difference between a caterpillar and a sawfly larva:

http://insects.about.com/od/identifyaninsect/qt/sawfly-larva-or-caterpillar.htm

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