Cimbicidae

Pronunciation:  [Sim·BISS·i·dee]

Common Name:   Cimbicid Sawflies

Description:  Members of this family are large and might resemble bumble bees were is not for the broad junction between thorax and abdomen.   Adults are easily recognized by their clubbed antennae with no more than seven segments.   Larvae feed on the foliage of deciduous trees.   They resemble lepidopteran caterpillars but have more than five pairs of abdominal prolegs.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Antennae clubbed with 7 or fewer segments
  2. Tibia of front leg with two apical spurs
  3. Broad junction between thorax and abdomen

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Order:  Hymenoptera