Symphyta (suborder)

Sawfly - Some sawflies go back 200 million years! I will not list them all here as there are around 500 species! They are so called because of the saw-like genitalia which they use to saw plants to lay eggs. Sawflies are part of the insect order, Hymenoptera, as are wasps and ants and bees. Unlike wasps ants and bees though they do not sting! Observed at Greaghnafarna Co. Leitrim mid September.

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