Definition of sawfly in US English:

sawfly

noun

  • An insect related to the wasps, with a sawlike egg-laying tube used to cut into plant tissue before depositing the eggs. The larvae resemble caterpillars and can be serious pests of crops and foliage.

    Suborder Symphyta, order Hymenoptera: many families

    • ‘Hessian fly, greenbug, and wheat stem sawfly are the primary insects that attack wheat fields.’
    • ‘This insect is the maggot of the eggs laid by sawflies or carpenter bees in the freshly-cut cane of the rose after pruning.’
    • ‘Important pests of eastern white pine include white pine weevil, various sawflies, bark and needle aphids, pine tube moth, white pine blister rust and white pine root decline, particularly on wet sites.’
    • ‘The preferred diet consists of ant pupae, sawfly larvae, beetles, scarabaeids, longicorn beetle larvae, and the larvae of cossid moths.’
    • ‘Housing developments, which often feature non-native landscape plantings, can bring pests such as the sawfly that infested the Bracken Brae population in 1992.’

Pronunciation

sawfly

/ˈsôflī/