saw·​fly | \ ˈsȯ-ˌflī How to pronounce sawfly (audio) \

Definition of sawfly

: any of numerous hymenopterous insects (superfamily Tenthredinoidea and especially family Tenthredinidae) with the female usually having a sawlike ovipositor and with the larva resembling a plant-feeding caterpillar

Examples of sawfly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s the larva (youngster) of a sawfly (see above). oregonlive, "Vigilant gardener wonders if they spotted an invasive giant hornet - they didn’t: Ask an expert," 14 June 2020 Concerned residents have sent lots of photos of yellow jackets, bumblebees, Elm sawflies and other yellow and black insects. David Williams, CNN, "Signs warned of 'murder hornets' at a popular Washington hiking spot. But state officials say the signs are fake," 27 May 2020 Adult sawflies emerge in May and June (first generation) and late July and August (second generation). oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Neighbor’s spraying could affect growth, yield of raspberries," 10 May 2020 On the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a scale of relative agony caused by sawflies, wasps, bees and ants, the sweat bee comes in at the lowest level of pain. oregonlive, "Doctors find 4 bees living in woman’s eye, feeding off her tears," 10 Apr. 2019 Legions of professional entomologists fret about sawflies, ambrosia beetles, scale insects and leafhoppers. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Learning to live with — even enjoy — insects in the garden," 7 Aug. 2019 Leaf miners are the larvae of various beetles, flies, moths, and sawflies., "‘Little buggers,’ aphids, are munching on broccoli and kale – what can I do? Ask an expert," 7 June 2019 Some gooseberry sawflies can go through four generations during a summer. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s eating your currant bushes and ‘spitting’ on your wild roses," 13 July 2018 The problem in asking me is that there are all manner of reasons why a spruce tree would have needles turn brown, from sawflies and budworms to fungi, viruses, mites and bad weather. Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Dispatch News, "Spruce trees turning brown? Here’s what might be going wrong," 22 Sep. 2017

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1773, in the meaning defined above

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“Sawfly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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