What kind of insect is this?

by Paul
(Baltimore, USA)

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Can you help me identify this insect?
There are several of these in the dirt of my night-blooming cereus (indoor garden). Thank you!!!




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Oct 01, 2012
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Sawfly larva
by: Terry

I don't think that's a sawfly larva. Sawfly larva (another name is pear slug) are very prevelent on cherry and pear trees. They can be green or black and are extremely slimy. They just about defoliated our cherry tree last fall.

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What is this insect?
by: Larry

That is an interesting picture and, keeping in mind I'm not a bug expert, it looks like Sawfly larvae to me.

The identifying feature is the number of true legs - more than a typical caterpillar. They are the larval stage of a primitive wasp-like insect and known as an evergreen pest that can eat entire trees if given a chance.

Whether they eat night-blooming cereus is anyone's guess but if that is what they are and you find them around your plant...I would beware.

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