Is this a sawfly?

Asked July 22, 2019, 10:20 AM EDT

What caterpillar is this? It is consuming the leaves of a red twigged dogwood in my yard. I can wait through life cycles, but want to certain it is not an insect I need to throw in the soapy water.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like dogwood sawfly larvae. If the shrubs are not too tall, you can pick them off and drop into a bucket of soapy water. You can also hose them off and let the birds eat them once they drop off on the ground.http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/plants/sawflies-trees-and-shrubs
The shrubs should have enough carbohydrates in their root system to put out new growth next season.
See Maryland Biodiversity https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=5080

Marian