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Family Xiphydriidae - Xiphydriid Wood Wasps

Xiphydriidae? - Xiphydria mellipes - male Is this a wasp? - Xiphydria maculata Sawfly ID - Xiphydria - male Insect - Xiphydria mellipes - male Wood Wasp - Xiphydria tibialis - female unfortunate wood wasp - Xiphydria abdominalis - female Xiphydriidae, lateral - Xiphydria maculata - female Xiphydria mellipes
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 Xiphydriidae (Xiphydriid Wood Wasps)
Numbers
9 spp. in a single genus in our area(1), ~80 spp. in 17 genera worldwide
Size
12-20 mm
Identification
similar to horntails but no horn at the tip of the abdomen
Habitat
The larvae bore in the dead or decaying wood of deciduous trees