SawFly larva on my Loosestrife

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by jryoung1947, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. Man these tiny guys (.5 inch) were all over my Yellow Loosestrife. Easy to pick but hard to identify. I always worry I am wiping out some exotic moth or butterfly. Finally I googled "caterpillars on yellow loosestrife" ( How great is the Internet!

    Shot with my Sigma 105 and Kenko 35mm tube.



  2. Nice shots! #3 is my favorite!
  3. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Cool shots. You came really close. #3 is my favorite too.
  4. Try this method. The first set of legs are the Thoractic Legs and they are in 3 pairs and total 6 then this shows it is an insect.

    Now count the next set of legs. These are called the Locomotive/Locomotion Legs. If there are only 3 pairs then it is a butterfly or moth. As bl**dy usual there is are exceptions but they are the 'Loopy Caterpillars.' :confused:

    HOWEVER. If there are more than 3 pairs of locomotion legs then it is not a butterfly or moth. Your image shows that this larvae has at least 7 pairs of L. Legs.

    I hope this helps.

    Bob F.
  5. Perfect, your posts are great!
  6. That is most kind.

    I must say that I really enjoy giving out snippets of information, and to think that I am retired ACCOUNTANT!!:biggrin::biggrin::eek::eek:

    LOL Bob F.
  7. Looks so cute, especially in the first photo.
  8. Are you old enough to have watched the "Addams Family". This fellow reminds me of Uncle Fester. :smile:

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  9. Sure....ummmm, but just in re-runs :tongue:
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