Sawfly caterpillars on a leaf

Sawfly caterpillars on a leaf

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sawfly larvae. Macrophotograph of sawfly (Phymatocera aterrima) larvae on the underside of a leaf of the Solomon's seal plant, Polygonatum sp. These insect pests damage plants, as at bottom left, through their feeding and are capable of completely defoliating their host plant within a few days. They live in groups, often becoming active only at dusk or at night. While they resemble the larvae of butterflies and moths, sawflies belong to the order Hymenoptera and are related to bees, wasps and ants. Magnification: x1.1 at 35mm size.

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