Western larch sawfly
Damage, symptoms and biologyThe western larch sawfly is a common, frequently abundant and rarely destructive defoliator. Damaging outbreaks have not been recorded in British Columbia but have been in Idaho and Montana.
Mature larva up to 21 mm long. Head, brown with black eyes. Dark grey dorsum except for a light grey middorsal stripe; light grey below the spiracular line. Seven pairs of abdominal prolegs.
This species overwinters as a prepupal larva in a cocoon buried in the soil. Adults emerge from late May to June and the females lay eggs, usually singly, in needles. Larvae are present from mid-June to July. Mature larvae drop to the ground and spin cocoons from late July to August.
Canadian Forest Service Publications
Diet and feeding behaviour
: Feeds on the leaves of plants.
- Free-living defoliator: Feeds on and moves about freely on foliage.
Information on host(s)
Western larch sawfly is restricted to western larch.
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