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Sirex Woodwasp

Sirex woodwasp - Invasive.orgScientific name: Sirex noctilio F. (Goulet 2012)

Common name: Sirex woodwasp, European woodwasp, Eurasian woodwasp

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Native To: Eurasia (APHIS 2008)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First identified in New York in 2004 (APHIS 2008)

Means of Introduction: Accidentally introduced through imported wood products (Carnegie et al. 2006)

Impact: Feeds on healthy pine trees and serves as a vector for a fungus that kills pine trees (APHIS 2008)

Current U.S. Distribution:


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Fact Sheet: Sirex Woodwasp
Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.

Gallery of Pests - Sirex Woodwasp
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

New York Invasive Species Information - Sirex Woodwasp
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Texas Invasives Database - Sirex noctilio

Invasive Species Compendium - Sirex noctilio
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Sirex noctilio (insect)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

Managing Invasive Species: Sirex Woodwasp
USDA. FS. Forest Health Protection.

Pest Alert: Sirex woodwasp—Sirex noctilio F. (Hymenoptera: Siricidae)
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area.

Sirex Woodwasp - Early Detection of Invasive Species Monitoring Protocol (PDF | 390 KB)
DOI. NPS. Inventory and Monitoring Program.

International Government

Insects - Sirex Wasp
Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

State Government

Sirex Woodwasp in Georgia
Georgia Forestry Commission.

Sirex Wood Wasp (2012; PDF | 135 KB)
Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

Insects & Pests - Sirex Wood Wasp
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

European Wood Wasp
Missouri Department of Conservation.

Sirex Woodwasp
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.


Sirex Woodwasp
University of Arkansas. Division of Agriculture.

European Woodwasp/Sirex Woodwasp in Colorado: Identification of Insects and Damage of Similar Appearance (PDF | 264 KB)
Colorado State University Extension.

Biology and Silvicultural Management of Sirex Woodwasp (2009; PDF | 207 KB)
Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Department of Natural Resources.


APHIS. 2008. Proposed Program for the Control of the Woodwasp Sirex noctilio F. (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) in the Northeastern United States (PDF | 4.67 MB) Riverdale, Md.: USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Carnegie, A.J., M. Matsuki, D.A. Haugen, B.P. Hurley, R. Ahumada, P. Klasmer, J. Sun, and E.T. Iede. 2006. Predicting the potential distribution of Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae), a significant exotic pest of Pinus plantations. Annals of Forest Science 63(2):119-128.

Goulet, H. 2012. Sirex systematics; problems and solutions. In: B. Slippers, P. de Groot, and M.J. Wingfield (Eds.), The Sirex Woodwasp and its Fungal Symbiont: Research and Management of a Worldwide Invasive Pest (pp. 1-14). Dordrecht: Springer.

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Last Modified: May 18, 2016
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