SawFly larva on my Loosestrife

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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" (www.robsplants.com/critters/crawlers.php) How great is the Internet!

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Easy to pick but hard to identify. I always worry I am wiping out some exotic moth or butterfly.
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.
 
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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.
Perfect, your posts are great!
 
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Looks so cute, especially in the first photo.
Are you old enough to have watched the "Addams Family". This fellow reminds me of Uncle Fester. :smile:

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