Animal Species:Steel-blue sawflies

Steel-blue Sawfly larvae are also known as 'spitfires' as they can eject an irritating fluid from their mouth. This defence method ensures predators avoid them, enabling them to reach high numbers.

Steel-blue sawfly larva

 © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Steel-blue sawflies

Alternative Name/s

Spitfires

Size range

4 mm - 18 mm

Distribution

The Steel-blue Sawfly is found in south-eastern Australia.

Habitat

The Steel-blue Sawfly lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Feeding and Diet

Steel-blue Sawfly larvae in the Sydney area feed on eucalypts.

Economic/social impacts

The Steel-blue Sawfly can sometimes cause extensive damage to trees.

Classification

Genus:
Perga
Subfamily:
Perginae
Family:
Pergidae
Superfamily:
Tenthredinoidea
Suborder:
Symphyta
Order:
Hymenoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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