Cypress Pine Sawfly
ARGIDAE, TENTHREDINOIDEA, HYMENOPTERA
(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
The larvae damage plantations and ornamental trees.
The species has been found in Australia in
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.
(written 1 December 2017)