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Common names: Pear Sawfly, Pear Slug
Scientific name: Hoplocampa brevis
Region: Eastern United States.
The Sawfly was common in Massachusetts in 1796. It was first recorded in Europe in 1740.
Life cycle: Only one generation per year. They develop in cocoons in the soil during the winter.
Feeding characteristics: This insect larvae will penetrate into the developing fruit, but rarely cause serious or extensive damage.
Physical description: This Sawfly is a little larger than the common housefly – and it has four wings -1/5 inch long and is brownish-black with yellowish wings. The pupa is 1/4 inches long and light yellow.
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