PERGIDAE , SYMPHYTA , HYMENOPTERA
(Photo: courtesy of Robert Whyte, Brisbane, Queensland)
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 :
An adult wasp (it is misnamed as a 'fly') is black with yellow markings. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The species has been found in
as well as in Australia in
It has been introduced into Florida, where Australian Paperbarks have begun multiplying out of control.
Other Sawfly species have different foodplants.
Further reading :
D. W. Burrows & J. K. Balciunas,
Biology, distribution and host-range of the sawfly, Lophyrotoma zonalis (Hym. pergidae), a potential biological control agent for the paperbark tree, Melaleuca quinquenervia,
Volume 42, Issue 3 (September 1997), pp. 299-313.
Sievert Allen Rohwer,
Some Australian Sawflies,
Volume 21 (1910) pp. 470-471.
(updated 9 March 2009, 11 May 2014, 15 November 2015)