Sawfly

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Sawfly LarvaeGenus: Pterygophorus
Common names: Sawfly
ALA reference

The Ficus fraseri (Sandpaper Fig) has had many of its leaves reduced to a skeleton by an invasion of sawfly larvae. The sawfly is related to wasps and their larvae usually feed in groups removing all the soft tissue from leaves. On maturity they drop to the ground where they pupate in the soil before emerging as adult sawflies. Even though this tree has lost a lot of leaves it is carrying a bumper crop of figs that the fig birds find irresistible. It often appears as if it is in a mini tornado when it is beset by a flock of feeding fig birds. (January 2009)

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