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.
Standard Common Name
4 mm - 18 mm
The Steel-blue Sawfly is found in south-eastern Australia.
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.
The Steel-blue Sawfly can sometimes cause extensive damage to trees.