Brown Eucalypt Sawfly - Pergagrapta sp.


This page contains pictures and information about Steel-blue Sawflies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 

Body length 25mm
This sawfly is brown in colour. The antenna is medium in length with yellow clubbed tip. 
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We found this adult in Alexandra Hill during mid summer Dec 2003. It was resting on a small tree and ignoring our disturbance. We believed it was laying eggs on the leaf.
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Larvae body length 20mm.
Sawfly larvae in group, each 20mm. When disturbed, all bended their bodies, i.e. pointing their tails outwards at the same time, will scare away most of the predators. They feed on the gum tree leaves, disperse at night and gather together during the day.
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1. Pergidae of the World - An online catalogue of the sawfly family Pergidae (Symphyta), Zoologische Staatssammlung München, 2009.

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Last updated: October 18, 2010.