Lophyrotoma leachii

Lophyrotoma leachii

Image of Lophyrotoma leachii

(Long-tailed Sawfly)

FAMILY

Pergidae

Species

Lophyrotoma leachii

Common name

Long-tailed Sawfly

Main colour

Larvae, pale with 2 rows spots

Body size

Adult to 3 cm long

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

These sawfly larvae were feeding on Corymbia ptychocarpa (Swamp bloodwood). Distinguished by the two rows of dark spots along either side of the body and the fine tail. When disturbed they bend their heads and tails over the body. Eggs are inserted in the leaf tissue.