Gummy Bear Larva!

Gummy Bear Larva!
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva
Sawfly larva

Flickr photographer pbertner captured some photos of Sawfly Larva (belonging to suborder Symphyta) which are exceptionally cute, in my opinion. They look like big mushy gummy bears… in caterpillar-esque form. While the larva of the sawfly does resemble baby butterflies, they are different in that they have six or more pairs of prolegs on the abdomen (caterpillars have 5 or fewer) and they have two eyes instead of the caterpillar’s six.

All in all, I suppose I’m still more of a fan of caterpillars. However, these guys make a convincing case for me to think otherwise…

adult sawfly