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WICHE: Sawflies are species specific – but you see many varieties

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One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly.

By Jeneen Wiche

One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly.  We had planted more than a hundred white pine seedlings some 30 years ago, and after a decade or so we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another.

I was charged with inspection duty: looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the County Extension Service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.


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