Pseudoperga lewisii

Pseudoperga lewisii
Mid-late March 2009
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay
This sawfly is an admirable parent.  She lays about 80 eggs in the leaf, and stands protectively over them for about 21 days before they hatch.  They then guard over the larvae for another two weeks or so.
Mid April 2015
Marion Bay
The female stayed with the eggs for 4 days but then disappeared.
Mid March 2015
Waverley Flora Park
Images by Geoff Carle, used with permission.
Late July 2014
Early May 2021
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/nipaluna
IMG 9481
October 2010
Newtown Rivulet, Lenah Valley
Ichneumon Wasps (in the Braconid mimicry ring) waiting to parasitise sawfly larvae.  The larvae continually thrashed their defensive display.  Days later there were dead wasps stuck to the sawfly exudate.
October 9, 2010

October 14, 2010

October 17, 2010

October 22, 2010

Mid October 2012
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart

Late September 2014
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart

Late September 2022
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
IMG 4611