- any of numerous hymenopterous insects of the family Tenthredinidae, the female of which has a sawlike ovipositor for inserting the eggs in the tissues of a host plant.
Origin of sawfly
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The Slug-worm is so called from the similarity of the larva of this sawfly to a small black slug.The Book of Pears and Plums
These sawfly larvae need looking after and can be killed by spraying.
Sawfly larvae can at once be recognized by the curious positions they assume, and by the number of pro-legs, which exceeds ten.
Enemies: The larch is subject to the attacks of a sawfly, which has killed many trees of the American species.Studies of Trees
Jacob Joshua Levison
- any of various hymenopterous insects of the family Tenthredinidae and related families, the females of which have a sawlike ovipositor