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April 2009 - Sawfly
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Sawfly, Dolerus nitens
Sawfly, Dolerus nitens
Sawflies are not flies at all as they have four wings and flies have only two. They actually belong to the same order as wasps, bees and ants: Hymenoptera - a group noted for its transparent wings.
 
Sawfly, Dolerus nitens
Sawflies are so-named because of the saw-like form of the female's ovipositor - a structure used in egg-laying. The female is able to slit (or saw) leaves and stems creating a place in which she can lay her eggs.

There are numerous families and subfamilies of sawflies. Dolerus nitens is a member of the largest family: Tenthredinidae - Common Sawflies. These sawflies have antennae made up of 7-10 segments which you can see in these pictures.

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