Sawfly Saws - how they work

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Did I ever get this wrong :oops:
I put the apparatus back to how it should be, except that part A is the left side part, there is an identical part on the right.

Rather than being on the inside of the 'sheath' consisting of a left half (L) and a right half (R), the edge labelled A and the edge labelled B fit together in a tongue-and-groove setup.

So, rather than having a single edged saw these wasps have a double-edged saw (one edge pointing back (dorsal) and one edge pointing forward (ventral).

My interpretation is that the stiffer valves (R & L) are pushed into the twig. and then part A slides into the tiny hole formed by the tip of L; A and L then work back and forth to cut a slit in the twig.

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Post by Mitch640 »

In metal work, this arrangement would be called a nibbler. Hand held like a saber saw, air powered, it "nibbles" through thin metals, following any pattern you want. :)

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Another image from a different species of sawfly showing tips of saws as they are found in situ.
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No man can be truly called an entomologist,
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Post by Mitch640 »

I'm curious. How much of this has been known, and for how long? I can't find any images or descriptions like this online, anywhere. Are you breaking new ground here? :)

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I've no idea Mitch. I just make this stuff up as I go along. That's how I got it wrong the 1st time. I'll take a look at some of my text books later.
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” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
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Post by Mitch640 »

Well, it wouldn't surprise me if this was all new knowledge. I have gotten that feeling before in this forum. There are some world class people doing world class imaging right here every day. There simply is no other place like it that I have seen. :)

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I found this from Google; but have to pay to get full article :(

Egg deposition behavior in the haplodiploid sawfly Athalia rosae ruficornis Jakovlev (Hymenoptera: Symphyta: Tenthredinidae)
JM Lee, Y Hashino, M Hatakeyama, K Oishi… - Journal of insect …, 1998 - Springer
... the two pairs of saws (ovipositor). The "inner" blade (arrowhead) is loosely connected to the
"outer" blade (arrow) at the rim, and the inner blade slides back and forth while the outer blade
is held still (also see text). Scale indicates 0.5 mm. Egg Deposition Behavior in a Sawfly ...
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Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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Post by Mitch640 »

I did search earlier today, and yesterday, and did find a number of dry text explanations that for all practicle purposes did nothing to enlighten me. Having never seen a sawfly before, text means nothing, but your images make it all instantly clear.

Theres nothing like a picture to clear up a mystery.

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Post by ChrisR »

I never saw a saw fly as you saw you see but if I saw a saw fly, what would a fly saw fly bee seen sawing?

Seed?

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ChrisR wrote:I never saw a saw fly as you saw you see but if I saw a saw fly, what would a fly saw fly bee seen sawing?
Seed?
Did you mean to write "I never saw a saw fly as you saw a saw fly, but if a sawfly saw a saw fly, what would make a sawing saw fly? perhaps a house fly."

Seed? No, wood.
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student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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