I don't know if they normally get this big, but for around here this one is huge! Look at the size of that stinger. I would want that to sting me.
Maybe because the compost is just way better table-fare to the larvae then live plants? Hmm, I'm now wondering if the reports of sawfly larvae damage aren't overstated by some or total mis-identifications of other grubs all together.tedln wrote:The only sawfly grubs I've seen have been in my compost bin. I keep it pretty full of garden waste, grass clippings, and kitchen waste. It has fairly large holes on the side to allow oxygen to enter. The sawflys stay around the compost bin laying eggs in the compost as it decomposes. The grubs become sawflies in the bin and exit as flies through the holes. I've never seen even one fly exhibit any interest in my live garden plants.