Did you know there is a sawfly species named 𝘋𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘴 𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘪?
Described Dr. Herbert H. Ross back in 1931, this species was presumably named after the University of Illinois' Fighting Illini, as Dr. Ross was working on the U of I campus at INHS at the time.
Sawflies are not true flies, but rather plant-feeding wasps (that don’t sting). Many of them feed on plant tissues directly and can even be crop or tree pests.
𝘋𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘴 𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘪 adults emerge in April, and aren’t seen the rest of the year. They are common in Illinois habitats with horsetail and sedges—the larvae's food plants.