Pear Sawfly

Pear Sawfly

Pear Sawfly

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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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