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Species Eriotremex formosanus - Asian Horntail Wasp

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Symphyta" - Sawflies, Horntails, and Wood Wasps)
Family Siricidae (Horntails)
Subfamily Tremecinae
Genus Eriotremex
Species formosanus (Asian Horntail Wasp)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eriotremex formosanus (Matsumura)
Orig. Comb: Tremex formosanus Matsumura 1912
Identification
Antennae short, blunt, black; abdomen with long yellow hairs on dorsum (1)
Range
TX-FL-VA, mostly close to the coast (+ UT & AR records) (1)(2),(Warriner 2008)
native to SE Asia, adventive in our area
Food
hardwoods (oak, hickory, sweetgum, probably others) (1); attacks mostly dead/dying wood, so not a serious pest
Remarks
introduced accidentally with wood (crates, etc.); first reported in 1975 (Warriner 2008)
Print References
Warriner, M.D. 2008. First record of the Asian horntail Eriotremex formosanus (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) in Arkansas, U.S.A. Entomological News 119: 212-213. Full PDF
Works Cited
1.Guide to the siricid woodwasps of North America
Schiff N.M., Valley S.A., LaBonte J.R., Smith D.R. 2006. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, Morgantown, WV. 101 pp.
2.Siricidae (Hymenoptera: Symphyta: Siricoidea) of the Western Hemisphere
Schiff, N.M., Goulet, H., Smith, D.R., Boudreault, C., Wilson, A.D., and Scheffler, B.E. 2012. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification No. 21: 305 pp.