Thursday, 15 October 2015

Aquarium critters: identified critter!

I still have critters in my aquarium. There are a couple of cocoons and chrysalises. They are going to overwinter in the cold storage room!
This one, the pros couldn't ID until this past week.

This is a Sawfly Larva, not a caterpillar. Just so we all know! It wasn't accepted onto my BAMONA page! Just have to laugh. There are so many bugs about!

Sawfly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jump to Larvae - Family Xiphydriidae (wood wasps) Sawfly is the common name for insects belonging to suborder Symphyta of the order Hymenoptera. Sawflies are distinguishable from most other hymenopterans by the broad connection between the abdomen and the thorax, and by their caterpillar-like larvae.

We're going to have to wait all winter for it to hatch, though. Here is a Wiki photo.
Large rose sawfly (Arge pagana stephensii).jpg
Large rose sawfly
Arge pagana stephensii

It's in the sunshine, Annabelle guarding, for now.

Hypercompe scribonia
Great Leopard Moth


EG CameraGirl said...

I'm fascinated that you plan to overwinter some of your wild critters!

eileeninmd said...

Neat critters and your Annabelle is a sweetie! Have a happy day!

William Kendall said...

Annabelle's a good guard!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
... I guess the six legs is the main clue. Very neat to have such critters to 'nanny'! YAM xx

Red said...

Watching these critters develop is a good show. There can be big surprises.