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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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Council or Task Force

Stop the Invasion: Sirex Woodwasp (Jul 2017; PDF | 459 KB)
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.
See also: Outreach and Educational Materials - Invasive Species Fact Sheets for more resources


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.

General Invasive Species List - Sirex Woodwasp
St. Lawrence - Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership For Regional Invasive Species Management (New York).

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

Research Topics: Sirex Woodwasp
USDA. FS. Research & Development.

Sirex Woodwasp - Early Detection of Invasive Species Monitoring Protocol (PDF | 390 KB)
DOI. NPS. Inventory and Monitoring Program.
See also: Early Detection of Invasive Species Monitoring for more field guides

International Government

Insects - Sirex Wasp
Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Pests and Diseases: Sirex Woodwasp
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Australia). Office of Biosecurity.

State Government

Sirex Woodwasp in Georgia
Georgia Forestry Commission.

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

Field Guide: Invasive - European Wood Wasp
Missouri Department of Conservation.

Sirex Woodwasp
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.


European Woodwasp/Sirex Woodwasp in Colorado: Identification of Insects and Damage of Similar Appearance (PDF | 264 KB)
Colorado State University Extension.
See also: Exotic Insect Publications for more species

Biology and Silvicultural Management of Sirex Woodwasp (2009; PDF | 207 KB)
Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Department of Natural Resources.
See also: ForestConnect Fact Sheet Series for more factsheets


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: Jul 17, 2018
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