|Smith, David R|
Submitted to: Journal of Hymenoptera Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/5/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Sawflies are part of the plant-feeding complex of insects that cause millions of dollars of damage annually to agricultural crops, forests, and ornamental plants. A new species was discovered in Australia that belongs to a small subfamily of three species. A review of the subfamily is presented, with a key to species and description of the new species. A larva of the new species was found on fern. This review will be of interest to scientists and agricultural personnel interested in plant-feeding insects and will alert APHIS of possible new plant-feeders on importations from Australia.
Technical Abstract: Pteryperginae are endemic to Australia where one genus and three species are known, Pteryperga galla Benson, P. bifasciata (Brulle), and P. hyaloptera Schmidt and Smith, n. sp. A key to species is provided, and each is described and illustrated. The male of P. galla is described for the first time. Larvae of P. galla (on Elaeocarpus reticulatus Sm., Elaeocarpaceae) and P. hyaloptera (host unknown) are illustrated.