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Any of numerous hymenopteran insects of the suborder Symphyta, the females of which have sawlike ovipositors used for cutting into plant tissue to deposit their eggs, and the plant-feeding larvae of which sometimes damage crops and trees.


n, pl -flies
(Animals) any of various hymenopterous insects of the family Tenthredinidae and related families, the females of which have a sawlike ovipositor



n., pl. -flies.
any of numerous insects of the family Tenthredinidae, the female of which has a sawlike ovipositor for inserting the eggs in the tissues of a host plant.
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Noun1.sawfly - insect whose female has a saw-like ovipositor for inserting eggs into the leaf or stem tissue of a host plantsawfly - insect whose female has a saw-like ovipositor for inserting eggs into the leaf or stem tissue of a host plant
hymenopter, hymenopteran, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect - insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing
birch leaf miner, Fenusa pusilla - small black sawfly native to Europe but established in eastern United States; larvae mine the leaves of birches causing serious defoliation
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The host plant, herbivorous insect, and fungus in my study were pinyon pine, the pinyon pine sawfly Neodiprion edulicolus, and a species of needle rust fungus in the genus Coleosporium.
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