redheaded pine sawfly - Neodiprion lecontei (Fitch) - sawfly adult

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Sawflies are the insects of the suborder Symphyta within the order Hymenoptera alongside Adult sawflies are short-lived, with a life expectancy of 7–9 days, though the larval stage can last from months to years, depending on the species.

The adults of sawflies tend to be inconspicuous, and look somewhat like wasps, but do not sting. They feed on pollen and nectar, so may be.

Adult sawflies are small, stout-bodied, non-stinging wasp-like insects. They are rarely seen in the landscape. Their name comes from the saw-like egg-laying.