Paperbark Sawfly Larvae - Pergagrapta polita


This page contains pictures and information about Paperbark Sawfly Larvae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 

Body length 30mm
The Paperbark Sawfly Larvae body is pale green in colour with red near head and brown near end. They have the black head and black end tips.
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We sometimes found the Paperbark Sawfly Larvae aggregate on stem of Paperbark Melaleuca sp. during the day. When disturbed, all bended their bodies, i.e. pointing their tails outwards at the same time, will scare away most of the predators. They disperse and feed at night.
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Pictures were taken on Nov 2007 along Bulimba Creek near Sunnybank. 
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Pictures were taken on Jan 2005. We did not find the adult sawfly of this species yet. 

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.