Pamphiliidae

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Neurotoma flaviventris (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Rolf Gebhardt
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Gespinstblattwespen
• English: web-spinning sawflies

Pamphiliidae - (web-spinning sawflies)

The family of web-spinning sawflies contains around 300 species which are found in eastern Asia and in several other regions. The larvae feed on the leaves and needles of a variety of wooden plants and several species are pests of fruit trees or in forests, e.g. the pine false webworm, Acantholyda erythrocephala.

The larvae usually live in webs or rolled leaves and have no abdominal feet. They pupate underground. Some species are gregarious. The adults are strongly build and broad, around 8-15 mm long, with a large head and long antennae containing many segments. Females have a short ovipositor.


The following genera and individual species are currently entered under this family: