Zenarge turneri Rohwer, 1918
Cypress Pine Sawfly
ARGIDAE,   TENTHREDINOIDEA,   HYMENOPTERA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com )
and
Stella Crossley

Zenarge turneri
(Photo: courtesy of Alison Milton, Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory)

These are not true Caterpillars, but are the larvae of a Sawfly (which is really a wasp, or more accurately a Symphytan). This species feeds on species in CUPRESSACEAE, including

  • Cypress Pine ( Callitris species ), and
  • Ornamental Cypress ( Cupressus species ).

    The larvae damage plantations and ornamental trees.

    The species has been found in Australia in

  • New South Wale, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    Other Sawfly species
    have different foodplants.


    Further reading :

    Sievert Allen Rohwer,
    Notes on and descriptions of some sawflies from the Australian region,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 9, Volume 2 (1918) pp. 435-437.



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    (written 1 December 2017)