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Pear Sawfly Larva - Caliroa cerasi - eating from a leave
Pear Sawfly Larva - Caliroa cerasi - eating from a leave


Pear Sawfly - Cherry slug
The Pear Sawfly (Larvae: cherry slug, also called the pear slug) (Caliroa cerasi), is a species in the order Hymenoptera, the suborder sawflies (Symphyta), the family Tenthredinidae, the subfamily Blennocampinae, and the genus Caliroa. This species is widespread and common throughout the world.
Adult Pear Sawflies can reach body lengths of about 5 mm and wingspans of up to 10 mm. Their bodies are uniformly black in colour. The larvae are club-shaped, tapering towards the rear end of the body, and are about 10 mm in length. The larvae are initially white, later yellow to yellow-green in colour and are covered with an ink-like, smelly, shiny-black layer of mucus until the end of the penultimate larval stage. This protects them from predators and causes them to resemble little slugs. The larvae have 3 pairs of sternal legs and 7 pairs of abdominal legs. They are difficult to make out and are seen most easily in profile.
Pear Sawflies usually only occur in small numbers. En masse, larvae of the 2nd generation can cause significant damage to fruit trees.


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1. Pear Sawfly Larva - Caliroa cerasi - eating from a leave
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