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Subject:  Hairless and Bumpy, Yellow Caterpillar in Alaska
Geographic location of the bug:  Eagle River/Anchorage AK
Date: 09/15/2017
Time: 04:24 AM EDT
It’s Sept. 16 and fall is in full swing, most days are hanging around 60 degrees. I found this smooth yellow caterpillar while hiking around, and curious what it was! Unfortunately the poor fellow didn’t seem to be alive.
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Sawfly Larva

Dear Nutty Muffins,
Though it resembles a caterpillar, this is actually a Sawfly Larva, probably the Elm Sawfly.  Sawflies are non-stinging relatives of wasps and bees.  We love posting images of Alaskan insects.  The adult Elm Sawfly is quite impressive.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Anchoraga, Alaska

One Response to Sawfly Larva from Alaska

  1. AlexW says:

    Um, some caterpillars will curl up in defense for long periods, and I assume that the sawfly larva is doing the same and is not dead.

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