Paperbark Sawfly - Lophyrotoma zonalis
This page contains pictures and information about Paperbark Sawflies that we
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. They are also known as Melaleuca
- Body length 20mm
- This sawfly is dark blue in colour with orange spots on thorax and orange
coloured abdomen. Its head and long antenna are dark blue in colour. Its wings are
in dark blue. Male's antenna are in serrate form.
- Adults look similar to wasps
except they do not have the narrow 'waist'. Sawflies do not sting.
- Sawfly adults are not so often seen as their larvae. Adults emerge from
pupa live only one or two weeks. They do not feed. They find mates and lay
eggs with in the two weeks. Females lay eggs on outer edge of mature
- 1. Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland - Queensland Museum Publications 2000,
- 2. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
- 3. Sawflies - Symphyta - by Nick Monaghan, lifeunseen.com.
- 4. Paperbark Saw Fly
Lophyrotoma zonalis Rohwer - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley.
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