Sirex noctilio is a species of woodwasp native to Eurasia and North Africa. It is a large insect, measuring up to 25mm in length, with a black body and yellowish-brown wings. It has a long ovipositor which is used to inject eggs into the sapwood of trees. Its preferred habitat is coniferous forests, and its lifespan is typically one to two years. Its current population is considered to be stable, although it is considered an invasive species in some parts of the world.
Name Origin: Sirex noctilio is a species of woodwasp native to the Northern Hemisphere. The genus name Sirex is derived from the Latin word sirex, meaning "wood-boring insect". The species name noctilio is derived from the Latin word noctilio, meaning "night-flying".
Related Species: Monochamus spp., Urocerus spp., Xyleborus spp., Xyleborinus saxesenii, Xyleborus affinis, Xyleborus ferrugineus, Xyleborus volvulus