elm sawfly

noun

Definition of elm sawfly

: a large American sawfly (Cimbex americana) that has knobbed antennae, orange-tinged tarsi, black head and thorax with somewhat lighter, spotted abdomen, and smoke brown wings, and produces yellowish or greenish white larvae with a dorsal black stripe which are vigorous defoliators chiefly of elm and willow

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“Elm sawfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elm%20sawfly. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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