[ UK /sˈɔːfla‍ɪ/ ]
  1. 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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How To Use sawfly In A Sentence

  • The gooseberry sawfly also targets white and redcurrants, so it's worth keeping a close eye on them too.
  • Also present are oak sawfly larvae, many-legged and like milky translucent sausages: their green diet is mistily visible, and their skin armed with black, curved spines. Country Diary: Cranleigh, Surrey
  • The mapped area of forest affected by spruce budworm, spruce coneworm (Dioryctria reniculelloides), and larch sawfly (Pristiphora erichsonii) defoliation mapped throughout Interior Alaska increased, totaling over 300,000 ha of combined infestations during the period 1991 to 1996 [25]. Climate change and insects as a forest disturbance in the Arctic
  • While the sawfly has been a problem in this area for a number of years, last year was the perfect storm for the insect, "she said. undefined
  • You can distinguish this leaf-roller from the sawfly by the extent and nature of the curling.
  • In northern whitecedar swamps, the needle-chomping larch sawfly is often present in large numbers, feeding many a swamp bird and its young. The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern United States
  • Some specialist sawfly adults sequester diterpenoids for protection against predatory birds and lizards.
  • In boreal Alaska, a larch sawfly outbreak killed most of the larger and older tamarack (Larix laricina) trees during a warm period in the decade of the 1990s, and aspen leaf miner (Phyllocnistis populiella) appeared at outbreak levels (142,000 ha) by 2003 [28]. Climate change and insects as a forest disturbance in the Arctic
  • Hessian fly, greenbug, and wheat stem sawfly are the primary insects that attack wheat fields.
  • The preferred diet consists of ant pupae, sawfly larvae, beetles, scarabaeids, longicorn beetle larvae, and the larvae of cossid moths.
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