Red Long-tailed Sawfly
PERGIDAE, SYMPHYTA, HYMENOPTERA
(Photo: courtesy of Tony Bailey, Pimpana, Queensland)
These are not true Caterpillars, but are the larvae of a Sawfly (which is really a wasp, or more accurately a Symphytan). When young, these larvae are gregarious sitting side by side as they eat a host plant leaf. They feed on :
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Pergidae of the World,
An online catalogue of the sawfly family Pergidae (Symphyta),
Zoologische Staatssammlung München, 2009.
H.J. Elliott and Richard Bashford,
Notes on the biology and behaviour of eucalypt-defoliating Sawflies (Hymenoptera: Pergidae) in Tasmania,
Forestry Tasmania, 1995.
(written 27 January 2018)