sawfly

Definitions of sawfly
  1. noun
    insect whose female has a saw-like ovipositor for inserting eggs into the leaf or stem tissue of a host plant
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    types:
    Fenusa pusilla, birch leaf miner
    small black sawfly native to Europe but established in eastern United States; larvae mine the leaves of birches causing serious defoliation
    type of:
    hymenopter, hymenopteran, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect
    insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing
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