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Curled Sawfly On Hexigonal Pored Polypore by Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

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This beautiful pale caterpillar is actually the larva of an Elm Sawfly, an insect found here in the US that loves to eat leaves! Found on a trail threw some lightly forested area here in NE Kansas, it was a surprise to find out it WASN’T a beetle, butterfly OR moth!
The last photo is his adult stage…a member of the wasp/bee family only no stinger, it’s a pretty common site in the adult form here and I’ve often just looked past it thinking ‘ew, shooo fly, don’t bother me’!
This fellow is curled up in a defensive posture on top of the bottom-side of a Hexigonal-pored Polypore, a gorgeous orange on the topside and here you can see the other beautiful qualities.
Thanx to everyone who played with me on the BubbleJeopardy to figure this guy out!

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    I was going to guess a Luna Moth, but now, I don’t know. It is a fabulous capture of a magical little creature though.

  • not a luna…those are gorgeous GREEN caterpillars :o)

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • itsallgoodamanda
    itsallgoodamandaover 5 years ago

    Im guessing its not that its a curl grub that live in the ground

  • nope…this thing eats the leaves of trees….

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Steve Axford
    Steve Axfordover 5 years ago

    It’s a polypore!!

  • lol…the WHITE thing…not the mushroom!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • jude walton
    jude waltonover 5 years ago

    I have no guess… but it’s beautiful :)

  • the final stage is actually kinda pretty in it’s own way too? but i like it’s grub form best

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Rita  H. Ireland
    Rita H. Irelandover 5 years ago

    Wow now that’s pretty darn cool!

  • he seems so innocent doesn’t he?

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • TsipiLevin
    TsipiLevinover 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • thanx TsipiLevin

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 5 years ago

    I reckon it’s some kind of cecida larvea. You might be able to eat these Carla !!

  • i’ll pa yack ss on that one ok?

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • LavenderMoon
    LavenderMoonover 5 years ago

    Esther!!! Don’t encourage her!! LOL… I can just see her now… deep fried larvae-on-a-stick…. * hork *

  • ohhh jeeze….now i KNOW my chinese dinner from tonight is about to levitate………….

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 5 years ago

    Wow! Don’t know what kind of caterpillar it is, but it so beautiful all curled up and cradled like a small child! x :o)

  • MY child almost got into trouble for pestering it into the curl…lol thanx Marilyn…i thought it gorgeous!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 5 years ago

    Yeh, or some yummy meat patties?
    Better that way because other wise they will fit in a hollow tooth. Not much of a meal then…

  • i’m officially green now, thank you Esther……………..~running~

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

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