Subject: Caterpillar Identification
Geographic location of the bug: North Central Pennsylvani
Time: 05:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Just want identification of these caterpillars.
How you want your letter signed: Angelo V
This was a quick identification for us because we encountered an image of Dogwood Sawfly larvae while trying to identify this Introduced Pine Sawfly larva, an identification that took us considerable time. Sawflies are non-stinging relatives of Wasps and Bees that have larvae that are frequently mistaken for caterpillars. According to BugGuide: “Young larvae are covered with a powdery white waxy coating. Mature larvae are yellow beneath with black spots or cross-stripes above.” It is great that your image depicts both waxy coated individuals and those without the coating.