WSU Extension


Common Insects & Mites
Asian lady beetle 
Bark beetles 
Brown marmorated stink bug 
Brown soft scale 
California gallfly 
Conifer aphids 
Cottony camellia scale 
Cutworms and loopers 
Eriophyid mites 
Exotic longhorned beetles 
Fall webworm 
Lecanium scale 
Oystershell scale 
Pamphilid sawflies 
Pear slug 
Root weevils 
Sapsucker damage 
Shothole borer 
Sowbugs, pillbugs, and millipedes 
Spider mites 
Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) 
Tent caterpillars 

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Caption: Pine pamphilid sawfly larva
Photo by: A.L. Antonelli
Common Insects & Mites : Pamphilid sawflies
(revision date: 4/30/2013)

Sawflies are primitive wasps that do not sting. There are several families including pamphilids. Most of them are herbivores and while some feed on deciduous trees, most of the species in Washington feed on conifers. The larvae are caterpillar-like and can be rather large, up to an inch or more in length. They are webspinners and when finally noticed, one sees a sizeable "nest" of webbing, frass (small chunks of excrement), and chewed dead needles in the tree canopy. Larval feeding on needles can cause localized defoliation, but they are rarely a significant problem.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Natural enemies usually suppress them.
  • Handpick and destroy larvae when possible.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

Chemical Management

Pesticides are rarely necessary.


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Caption: Pine pamphilid sawfly larva
Photo by: A.L. Antonelli